made at its own gates, when all outside barriers should have been destroyed and swept away.
He asked that all troops sent him should be provided, upon starting, with three days cooked rations, and forty rounds of ammunition per man. And in order to secure additional strength, and increase his chances of success, he also sent to General Johnston
, then at Murfreesboroa, urging him to abandon his line of retreat, along the Stevenson and Chattanooga Railroad, which was taking him farther and farther away, and, unless the enemy should anticipate, or intercept him, to turn towards Decatur
, from which quarter he would then be within easy distance to co-operate with or join him. Thus was he making all possible preparation, in case he should succeed in levying and assembling the troops he had called for, from so many different points.
On the 20th he sent despatches to each of the governors of the above-mentioned States, notifying them that special messengers would go to them, from him, on important public business.
And the next morning (the 22d) the following members of his staff left his headquarters, at Jackson, Tennessee
, upon their several missions: Lieutenant
(afterwards General) S. W. Ferguson
went to General Johnston
and Governor Harris
, at Murfreesboroa; Lieutenant A. R. Chisolm
, to Governor Shorter
, of Alabama
, and Major-General Bragg
, at Mobile
; Dr. Samuel Choppin
, to Governor Moore
, of Louisiana
, and Major-General Lovell
, at New Orleans; Lieutenant A. N. T. Beauregard
, to Governor Pettus
, of Mississippi
; and Major B. B. Waddell
, who was well acquainted with the country in the Trans-Mississippi
, was sent to General Van Dorn
, the location of whose headquarters had not yet been ascertained.
also wrote to General Cooper
, at Richmond
, asking for any instructions the War Department might think proper to give him, with regard to this calling out of State troops, and as to the movement he had requested General Van Dorn
to make out of the limits of his department, in order to join him in his contemplated operations.
He represented that all operations in States bordering on the Mississippi River
should be made subordinate to the secure possession of that river, which, if lost, would involve the complete isolation and destruction of any army west of it.
The War Department did not approve of this call on the governors of the States, for sixty or ninety days troops, objecting that