After moving along the Columbia and Charlotte Railroad beyond Winnsboroa
, that army had turned to the right toward Cheraw
, and had just crossed the Catawba
; consequently, it was near the northern edge of the triangle formed by the points at which the three bodies of Confederate troops assigned to me then were; and, by keeping on its way without losing time, it could prevent their concentration in its front.
But, even if united before the powerful Federal army, the Confederate forces were utterly inadequate to the exploit of driving it back, being less than a fourth of its number.
In returning from its disastrous expedition against Nashville
, the Army of Tennessee had halted in Northeastern Mississippi
A large proportion of these troops were then furloughed by General Hood
, and went to their homes.
When General Sherman
's army invaded South Carolina
, General Beauregard
ordered those remaining on duty to repair to that State.
The first detachment, under Major-General Stevenson
, arrived soon enough to oppose the Federal
army in its passage of the Edisto
, and at Columbia
; and had been directed by General Beauregard
to march thence to Charlotte
The second, led by Lieutenant-General Stewart
, had reached Newberry
at this time; and the third, following it, under Major
, was between the place last named and Augusta
The remaining troops of that army were corning through Georgia
in little parties, or individually, unaided by the Government
; most of them were united at Augusta
afterward, by Lieutenant-General Lee
, and conducted by him to the army near Smithfield, N. C.
That spirited soldier,