It would not have falsified history, however, if General Sherman
had said, that instead of waiting for a regiment which was ice bound near Columbus, Ky.
, General Smith
, by General Sherman
's personal and positive directions, was awaiting the arrival of Warring's entire brigade of cavalry, composed of the Fourth Missouri, Second New Jersey, Seventh Indiana, Nineteenth Pennsylvania, and a battery of the Second Illinois Cavalry.
Further than this General Smith
was distinctly informed by Sherman
, before the departure of the latter, that it would be necessary to wait for this brigade in order to make up the requisite force with which to meet Forrest
also assured him that his own movement on Meridian
and the contemplated operations there did not of necessity depend upon a junction with the cavalry from Memphis
And this is shown to have been General Sherman
's view, when he himself reached Meridian
four days after the date he had fixed for his own and General Smith
's arrival at that point, by the order he then issued.
This was dated eight days after the time mentioned for a union of the forces there, and declares that all the objects of the expedition had been fully attained:
From General Smith
's report, it appears that Warring
's brigade did not reach him until the 8th.
It had marched two hundred and fifteen miles, over a country covered with snow and ice, and been obliged to cross rivers, where in some