to that department in obedience to orders from the Secretary of War
At the same time Governor Brown
transferred two regiments of State troops to the army.
They were placed as guards for the protection of the railroad-bridges between Dalton
Intrenchments for this object were then in course of construction, under the direction of the chief-engineer
of the army, Brigadier-General Leadbetter
To supply the great want of effective cavalry, Brigadier-General Roddy
was ordered to join the army with his brigade, except one regiment, which he was instructed to leave near Tuscumbia
Soon after his arrival, however, I was directed by the Secretary of War
to send him back to his former position.
I was taught in this way that my authority over that brigade was ostensible only.
About one-third of the brigade, under Colonel Hannon
, was retained by me, and served with the army in the campaign of that year.
The time of winter was employed mainly in improving the discipline and instruction of the troops, and attention to their comfort.
Before the end of April, more than five thousand absentees had been brought back to their regiments.
The establishment of a system which allowed furloughs to all the men in turn, it was thought, contributed greatly to this result.
Military operations were confined generally to skirmishing between little scouting-parties of cavalry of our army with pickets of the other.
On the 28th of January, however, a strong body of infantry, advancing from Ringgold
, drove in our cavalry outposts and approached Tunnel Hill
, closely enough to