in front of Chattanooga
They were Quarles
's and Baldwin
's, the latter composed of Vicksburg
On the 18th the President
visited the troops at Demopolis
, and on the 20th those at Enterprise.
While there he transferred Lieutenant-General Hardee
back to the Army of Tennessee, and assigned Lieutenant-General Polk
to the position he had occupied in the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana.
With Lieutenant-General Hardee
he transferred Pettus
's and Moore
's brigades, then at Demopolis
, to General Bragg
All left Demopolis
, for the Army of Tennessee, on the 27th.
About that time Brigadier-General Ferguson
, who had been detached, by Major-General Lee
, with a part of his brigade in pursuit of a party of Federal cavalry on a predatory incursion, in Marion County, Alabama
, attacked and routed it, capturing its artillery.
It was driven home by this defeat.
On Dec. 18th, a telegram from the President
was delivered to me in the camp of General Ross
's brigade of Texan cavalry near Bolton's Depot
, directing me to transfer the command of the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana to Lieutenant-General Polk
, and to repair to Dalton
and assume that of the Army of Tennessee; and promising that I should find instructions
In obedience to these orders, I transferred my command to Lieutenant-General Polk
as soon as possible, proceeded to Dalton
without delay, arrived in the evening of the 2G6th, and assumed the command of the Army of Tennessee on the 27th.