west of Tuscumbia
, impeding the march of Sherman
's corps toward Decatur
, encountering Osterhaus
's division, which was the leading one. General Sherman
's headquarters were at Iuka
was immediately directed to do his utmost to interrupt the communication of those troops with Memphis
, by breaking the railroad in their rear, and otherwise.
In a telegram received on the 26th, General Bragg
is relieved, and his department merged in Grant
commands the army.
is here, or soon to be, and this is to be the theatre of future operations.”
, with his twenty-five hundred cavalry, continued to oppose the march of Sherman
's troops very effectively for the space of ten days. The contest was terminated at the end of that time, by a change of plan by the Federal
commander, who, falling back, crossed the Tennessee
below the Muscle Shoals
and then resumed his course toward Chattanooga
on the north side of the river.
, then at Missionary Ridge
, informed me by telegraph, on the 4th of November, of the approach of the Fifteenth Corps, and also that General Grant
had assumed command of the army confronting him. He added that he should probably be attacked as soon as all the expected reenforcements joined the Federal
army, and therefore that he should hope for any troops I could spare from Mobile
, but that my “previous generosity forbade him to ask for any thing.”
In consequence of this information, two more brigades were immediately ordered to join the Army