from sent his nearest troops (Whitfield
's brigade) in pursuit of the party from Yazoo City
; and Major-General Lee
took prompt measures to unite Chalmers
's and Ferguson
's brigades with them.
pressed forward rapidly to Duck Hill
; but, having learned there that the two Federal parties had united at Grenada
, he turned back, and destroyed, in his retreat along the railroad, all the rolling-stock that was found on it. The two Federal parties united were at the same time moving to the north, after luring about a fourth of the town of Grenada
, and the engines and cars in depot there.
On the 17th an order was received instituting a court of inquiry to meet in Montgomery
on the 15th, to investigate the management of recent affairs in Mississippi
, and ascertain the causes of our disasters.
Although the purpose of this investigation was to decide whether Lieutenant-General Pemberton
or myself was responsible for those disasters, the arrangement made by the Administration did not make me a party to it. In a telegram of that date to General Cooper
, I claimed the right to be present for my defense, and on the 21st the War Department conceded that right.
On the 22d the following dispatch, dated Ringgold
, August 21st, was received from General Bragg
: “Enemy in force opposite us, and reported in large force moving on Knoxville
Will need help if he advances with his troops from Tennessee
I immediately asked the War Department, by telegraph, if I was authorized to reenforce General