second in command; an arrangement which both Generals Johnston
thought could inure only to the benefit of the service.
Colonel Thomas Jordan
, General Beauregard
, was named Adjutant-General
of the united forces; but remained at General Beauregard
's headquarters, receiving instructions from the latter, and issuing them in the form of orders, by command of the ‘General-in-Chief
, notwithstanding his impaired health, devoted himself assiduously to preparing the army for an immediate offensive movement, which he hoped would take place, at latest, on the 1st of April, as our spies and friends in middle Tennessee
had informed us that General Buell
was at Franklin
, on his way to form a junction with General Grant
, at Savannah
, where he might be expected early in April.
It was known, however, that the bridges on his line of march—especially the large one across Duck River
, at Columbia
—had been destroyed, and that he might thereby be delayed several days.
had left the organization and preparation of the forces for offensive operations to General Beauregard
Corps commanders made their reports directly to him, or through his office; the General-in-Chief
being kept well advised of all information of an important nature that reached army headquarters.
The hope of being able to move from Corinth
on the 1st of April could not, however, be realized.
As that day approached, our deficiencies in arms, ammunition, and the most essential equipments were more and more felt, as was also the want of the general officers promised, but not sent, as agreed upon, by the War Department.
Their inexperienced substitutes, though zealous and indefatigable, were unacquainted with the needs of their new commands, or did not know how best to supply them.
They had to be instructed amid the hurry of the moment, as to many details, which, to persons who are not conversant with military organization, appear insignificant, but which are really very important in the preparation of an army.
The lack of competent engineers was also a source of great annoyance, as without them it became next to impossible to make necessary reconnoissances,