Jackson, Tenn., Feb. 23d, 1862.General,—I have to submit, herewith, a copy of a circular I have felt called upon to address to the governors respectively of the States of Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama, which I hope may meet the sanction of the War Department. I shall be pleased to receive the instructions and views of the department as soon as practicable. It is presumed that the troops thus called into the field may be raised without difficulty or much delay, especially if I am authorized at once to receive them as parts of the quotas due from the several States mentioned. In connection with the letter to Major-General Van Dorn, I beg to submit, that all operations in States bordering on the Mississippi River should be made subordinate to the secure possession of that river, which, if lost, would involve the complete isolation and destruction of any army west of it. Respectfully, your obedient servant,
Jackson, Tenn., Feb. 23d, 1862.Dear General,—You will remember it was agreed that certain subsistence stores, at Trenton and Jackson, should be sent as soon as possible to Columbus and Grenada, Mississippi. All at Trenton, and one half of the supplies here, to be stored at the former place, and the other half to be sent to Grenada. It seems that the railroad officers, as yet, have received no orders in the premises. On reflection, however, it would seem advisable, first, to relieve Columbus (Kentucky) of about one half of its subsistence supplies, to be divided equally between the two places above mentioned. Yours very truly,
Jackson, Tenn., Feb. 24th, 1862.General,—As I had anticipated, before leaving Centreville, I find that the troops at Columbus have not been regularly organized, according to longrecog-nized military usage founded on experience in all services. It is true there is a nominal organization into ‘divisions’ formed of other subdivisions called ‘brigades,’ but upon no regular basis. For example: General McCown commands one of these so-called divisions, of but five regiments of infantry, that is, more properly, a brigade. Another of these divisions consists of two brigades of three regiments each, commanded by colonels, Brigadier-General Cheatham commanding the ‘division.’ The other division, so called, really has had no division commander since the departure of Brigadier-General Pillow. It consists of some eight regiments, which form two brigades, I believe, commanded by their senior colonels respectively.