that, under such circumstances, our only hope of success lay in striking a sudden, heavy blow before the enemy should concentrate all his forces.
He therefore urged General Johnston
to join him at Corinth
at the earliest moment practicable, and he again telegraphed the War Department (as late as the 28th) to send him at once some of the field-officers he had so often called for. Those most needed then were a chief of artillery, a commander of cavalry, and a chief commissary, without whom his organization could not be completed.
But, notwithstanding the persistence of his calls, only the last two were sent; and they arrived when our army was marching from Corinth
, to fight the battle which proved to be one of the greatest and bloodiest of the war.