10; but, though expecting troops from Memphis
, he had not been apprised of the name or rank of the officer who was to accompany them.
He soon learned, however, that General Rust
ranked him, and wrote for instructions to army headquarters.
authorized him to retain the immediate command of the Works until the arrival of Major-General Samuel Jones
, spoken of as the next commander of the fort, but who never came, his services being required at Mobile
On the 24th, the whole of General Rust
's command—less one regiment left at Randolph
—was ordered to Corinth via Memphis
The object was to counteract, as much as possible, by additional forces, whatever movement was planned by the enemy, in consequence of the withdrawal of General Pope
's forces from the Mississippi River
A few days before, General Beauregard
being of opinion that the services of Captain Harris
could then be dispensed with at Fort Pillow
, and appreciating the necessity of defending the river at some other point farther down, telegraphed General Villepigue
These orders ran thus: