and about the disposition of whose troops, and projected plans, Mr. Benjamin
wrote that he ‘was still without any satisfactory information.’1 General Beauregard
was most anxious that these troops should at once reach Corinth
—now become the important strategic point—in anticipation of the arrival there of the reinforcements coming from the adjacent States.
On the 3d, General Johnston
, through Colonel Mackall
, A. A. G., replied, from Shelbyville
, that the 10th Mississippi would be forwarded from Chattanooga
, and that his own army would move as rapidly as it could march.
He then answered General Beauregard
's letter, from Fayetteville
, on the 5th, stating that his army was advancing; that it had already reached that place; would move on to join him, as fast as possible; and that, upon his arrival at Decatur
, he would decide upon the promptest mode of effecting the desired junction.
, by most strenuous efforts, and in the face of almost insurmountable obstacles, was thus enabled to hope that all our available forces would be assembled in the quarter designated, ready to meet the enemy as soon as he should venture upon the west bank of the Tennessee River
, and before he could be fully prepared for our attack.
Hitherto, in order to avoid the burden of the irksome details incident to the organization of an army, General Beauregard
had not assumed command, but had directed matters through General Polk
; but as the new levies and reinforcements were now gathering, and as there was a prospect of an early encounter with the enemy, he determined formally to assume command, and, on the 5th of March, issued the following order to the forces under him: