was the only general
available; and was then, as he had been previously, in a position inadequate to his rank.
5. When the President
assigned me to the command of Generals Bragg
, and Kirby Smith
, he fixed my headquarters in Tennessee
Before the end of December I transferred them to Mississippi
On the 23d of January he ordered me to Tennessee
on special service.
When I was returning to Mississippi
after having performed it, he ordered1
me to return to Tullahoma
and take personal command of General Bragg
This made it officially impossible for me to return to Jackson
; so that all my absence from Mississippi
, in 1863, was compelled by the President
I went to Mississippi
in May “only in consequence of a positive order,” because I had been deprived by the President
of the power to go without one.
On arriving at Jackson
, I took the promptest2
measure to unite the troops in Jackson
with those immediately under General Pemberton
The measure was defeated3
by disobedience of my orders.
The troops in Jackson
rendered the only service possible, by delaying the approach of the Federal
forces long enough to enable Major Minis
, chief quartermaster
of the department, to save such public property as he had the means of removing.
To attempt to strike a blow upon at least two corps,4
with two brigades, would have been gross folly.
We were not inactive5
during the siege of Vicksburg
, nor were my forces adequate to cut through Grant
, as much