the one to Corinth
, the other to Hamburg
, five or six miles up the river.
On the 19th, General Sherman
again disembarked his division, taking post about three miles in the interior, with three of his brigades, at or near a little log meeting-house, covering the roads to Purdy
, in a northwesterly, and to Corinth
, in a southwesterly, direction.
His fourth brigade was detached to a point more than two miles to his left rear, at the crossing of the Pittsburg
road, over Lick Creek
. ‘Within a few days,’ says General Sherman
, in his memoirs, Prentiss
's division arrived, and was camped on his left, filling the space between his third and fourth brigades, but some distance in advance of the latter; afterwards McClernand
's and W. H. L. Wallace
's divisions were landed, the first placing itself within supporting distance of Sherman
, and the second on the right of Hurlbut
, forming a third line, about a mile and a half from the Landing
Thus it will be seen that if we had been able to carry out General Beauregard
's original intention of concentrating his forces at Monterey
, only nine miles from Sherman
's position, we should have had several days during which to attack the isolated divisions of Sherman
, numbering about seven thousand men, according to Federal accounts, and with a large and rapid river in their rear.
Such an opportunity for annihilating in detail the fractional part of a powerful enemy is seldom offered in a campaign.
Another division, under Lew. Wallace
, about seven thousand strong, with twelve guns, had also landed, and occupied a position, five or six miles from Sherman
's right, on the north side of Snake Creek
, on a road leading from Crump
's) landing to Purdy
, a small village half-way to the railroad station of Bethel
, on the Mobile
The five divisions in front of Pittsburg Landing
were accompanied by twelve batteries of field artillery, of six pieces each, and four or five battalions of cavalry, distributed among the several commands, which then numbered, together, at least thirty-nine thousand infantry and artillery, with some fifteen hundred cavalry, forming a well-organized and fully equipped force of over forty-seven thousand men, including Lew. Wallace
's division, which was watching and threatening in the direction of Purdy
This army, of which at least forty per cent. were flushed with recent victories, was soon to be reinforced by General Buell