used by him in his first order, upon taking command in Virginia
—‘Headquarters in the Saddle’—which is even more than a boastful cavalry officer might venture to announce, is indicative of the undue self-esteem characterizing the man.
Hardly had he taken up his new position in front of Hamburg
, when, in order, no doubt, to hurry on and anticipate General Halleck
's advance against our forces, he determined to make an offensive movement towards Corinth
Four miles from the latter place was an elevated position, where stood the small village of Farmington
, then occupied by an insignificant force of Confederate infantry and cavalry, with one battery of artillery.
That force was suddenly attacked on the 3d of May, by one or two Federal divisions, and driven back across a narrow creek, west, and in the near vicinity, of Farmington
, ambitious now to accomplish something worthy of the reputation he had acquired at New Madrid and Madrid Bend, moved on the 8th, with his whole force, on the abovemen-tioned village.
As he was entirely separated from General Buell
, on his right, by the head of Seven Miles Creek, which was lined with low, swampy grounds, rendered difficult to cross by recent rains, General Beauregard
determined, by a sudden and rapid attack in heavy force, to cut him off from his base, before he could fortify his position at Farmington
The Confederate corps and reserve commanders were, accordingly, called together at army headquarters, where special and specific instructions were given them by General Beauregard
, relative to the movement about to be executed.
All our troops were to be held ready for battle.
General Van Dorn
, on the right, was to move before daylight, by his right flank, until his centre should be opposite General Pope
's left flank, at Farmington
, where he was facing in the direction of Corinth
At dawn of day General Van Dorn
, with his left and centre, was to attack vigorously whatever force might be in his front, and, with his right overlapping General Pope
's left, take it in rear and cut off the Federal
line of retreat to Farmington
At the same hour, General Bragg
, with two divisions, was to advance on the Farmington
road, which crossed his line of defences, and, by a front attack, co-operate with General Van Dorn
, but only after the latter should have taken up his position and should be prepared to execute the movement intrusted to him.