for the business of the road escaped.
This was not a military loss, however, and was not felt by the transportation department.
If the railroad-bridge had not been burnt or had been repaired in a few days, it is very unlikely that the engines and cars of the Mississippi Central Railroad would have been taken from it for use in the East
; for there was a gap in each of the two railroad routes through Alabama
, as difficult to pass as that I am censured for not having closed.
A strong proof of this is the fact that the unused cars and engines of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad, in far greater numbers than the Mississippi Central
ever had, lay in the company's places of deposit from the time in question until the end of the war. If such means of transportation had been required in the East
by the Government
, these would have been taken in preference to those more distant, in Mississippi
6. I may reasonably claim that the earnest, repeated, and urgent appeals of many of the best and foremost men of the country, furnish respectable evidence for me against the President
's very unfavorable judgment.
I was notified of arrangements to be
made, not made
, and not immediately
, but about the middle of March,1
when they should have been completed.
The troops referred to were to be sent to Dalton
when all preparations for a long march should be concluded.
This made it almost certain that we should be attacked at Dalton2
and probably forced back before the arrival of these