- General Beauregard orders the collection of grain and provisions, and establishes depots of supplies. -- his appeal to the people to procure metal for the casting of cannon. -- warning preparations of the enemy. -- arrival of federal divisions at Savannah. -- General Sherman's attempted raid to destroy the railroad. -- burning of small bridge near Bethel Station.-General Pope before New Madrid. -- the place abandoned. -- General Beauregard's instructions to General McCown. -- General MacKALLall relieves him. -- bombardment of Island no.10. -- what might have been the result had the enemy disembarked at once at Pittsburg Landing. -- the troops we had to oppose them. -- what General Johnston thought of Bolivar as a base of operation. -- recommends it as more advantageous than Corinth. -- why General Beauregard preferred Corinth. -- he presses concentration there, as soon as the intentions of the enemy become sufficiently developed. -- success of his plan. -- Co-operation of the governors of adjacent states. -- troops poorly armed and equipped. -- the enemy begins Landing at Pittsburg. -- arrival of Hurlbut's, Prentiss's, McClernand's, and the two Wallaces' divisions. -- force of the army opposing us. -- General Buell. -- his slow advance on Nashville. -- is at last aroused by order to unite his forces with those of General Grant. -- aggregate of Buell's forces in Tennessee and Kentucky. -- our only hope for success was to strike a sudden blow before the junction of Buell and Grant.
Looking to the evacuation of Columbus and the concentration of troops at and around Corinth, General Beauregard had ordered, early in March, the immediate collection of the requisite quantity of grain and provisions, at Union City, Humboldt, Jackson, and Henderson, in West Tennessee, and at Corinth, Grand Junction, and Iuka, in Mississippi, with the establishment of chief depots of supplies of all kinds, at Columbus, Mississippi, and Grenada. At this latter place he had endeavored to establish a percussion-cap manufactory, which he looked upon as very important, because the difficulty of procuring a proper supply of this essential part of our ammunition had become great; but he failed in his efforts to accomplish the purpose. Foreseeing also that the demand for powder would soon increase in the Mississippi Valley, he made a second—but likewise fruitless—effort to