found at Chattanooga
The object of this visit, as explained in the letter found in Chattanooga
, was to ascertain the feeling toward the general entertained by the army-“whether he had so far lost its confidence as to impair his usefulness in his present position;” to obtain such information as would enable me “to decide what the best interests of the service required;” and “to give the President
the advice which he needed at that juncture.”
remarked, in this letter, that his own confidence in General Bragg
I bestowed three weeks upon this investigation, and then advised against General Bragg
's removal, because the field-officers of the army represented that their men were in high spirits, and as ready as ever for fight; such a condition seeming to me incompatible with the alleged want of confidence in their general's ability.
On the 24th a fleet of transports, bearing the united forces of Generals Grant
, descending the Mississippi
, appeared near Vicksburg
This army did not repeat the attack upon the place from the Yazoo
, but landed on the west side of the river, and commenced the excavation of a canal through the point of land opposite the town.
No military event worth mentioning occurred in either department in February.
On the 5th of March Van Dorn
's division was attacked, seven or eight miles south of Franklin
, by the Federal
garrison of that place, but repulsed the assailants, taking twenty-two hundred prisoners. Four or five days after this, however, this division was driven back to Columbia