water transportation he could collect on the Mississippi River
, with which to effect the junction.
These movements of concentration were approved by General Johnston
, but had received no encouragement from the War Department or the Chief Executive
They were brought about through the untiring efforts and perseverance of General Beauregard
; through the cheerful and patriotic assistance of the governors of Tennessee
, and Louisiana
; through General Bragg
, at Pensacola
, and General Lovell
, at New Orleans.
Without their hearty and powerful aid it would have been impossible to collect, in time, a force of sufficient strength successfully to oppose the enemy, who, had he used his resources with ordinary vigor, must soon have obtained undisputed possession of the Mississippi River
, and, consequently, of the entire valley, including New Orleans.
The State troops thus hastily assembled were, as we have said, poorly equipped, without drill, and badly armed, some of them only with the discarded flint-lock musket of former days; and great difficulty was experienced in procuring the proper quality of flints.
Not a third of the cavalry had fire-arms, and those who had were ill-armed, with a medley of pistols, carbines, muskets, and shot-guns, chiefly the latter.
Few of them had sabres.
of this new levy, however, could not have been better.
It was composed of the best young men, from the city and country, who had rushed to arms at the call of their States.
Animated by a feeling of patriotism and high martial spirit, they gave fair promise of great efficiency, if well officered.
As soon as their regiments arrived at the rendezvous assigned them they were brigaded, equipped for the field as well as our restricted means permitted, and, owing to the lack of time for better instruction, were exercised only—and but slightly—in company and battalion drills, while awaiting orders to march to the battle-field.
On the 16th of March, General Sherman
, by order of General C. F. Smith
, at Savannah
, disembarked with his division at Pittsburg Landing
, to make a reconnaissance in the direction of Monterey
, twelve miles from the Landing
and ten miles from Corinth
He marched a few miles into the interior, encountering only the regiment stationed there, which retired as he advanced.
He, nevertheless, returned to the Landing
and re-embarked with his division.
On the 18th, Hurlbut
's division landed and took position about a mile and a half from the river, near the fork of the roads, leading,