- Troops resume their former positions after the battle of Shiloh. -- General Breckinridge forms the rear guard. -- General Beauregard recommends General Bragg for promotion. -- preliminary report sent by General Beauregard, April 11th, to the War Department. -- difficulty of obtaining reports of corps commanders. -- their reports sent directly to the War Department. -- Inaccuracies resulting therefrom. -- General Beauregard proposes an exchange of prisoners. -- General Pope gives no satisfactory answer. -- General Van Dorn's forces reach Memphis on the 11th. -- despatch of the 12th to General Smith. -- a diversion movement determined upon by General Beauregard. -- Captain John Morgan. -- he is sent by General Beauregard into middle Tennessee and Kentucky. -- efforts to force Buell's return to those States. -- location of General Van Dorn's forces at Corinth; of Generals Bragg's, Polk's, and Breckinridge's. -- bad water. -- mismanagement of commissary Department. -- necessity of withdrawing from Corinth. -- Tupelo selected for next defensive position. -- General Beauregard resolves to construct defensive works around Vicksburg. -- General Pope takes Farmington. -- Confederate attack. -- Federal retreat. -- on the 25th General Beauregard calls a council of War. -- evacuation of Corinth resolved upon. -- General Beauregard's instructions to his corps commanders. -- dispositions taken to deceive the enemy. -- retreat successfully accomplished.—false despatches of the enemy.—correct account by correspondents. -- General force in error. -- retreat considered masterly. -- dissatisfaction of the War Department. -- interrogatories sent by president Davis. -- General Beauregard's answer.
After the battle of Shiloh the Confederate troops resumed their former positions, except the forces under General Breckinridge, composing the rear guard, which for several days remained at Mickey's house,1 some three or four miles from the battlefield, until proper dispositions of the cavalry could be made for their withdrawal. Chalmers's brigade, at Monterey, was also withdrawn at that time to a position nearer to Corinth. On the day following the retreat, General Beauregard made application