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[300] was ready except getting up McPherson's command from Cairo, mostly on furlough. He also stated his opinion that in the coming campaign Johnston would be ‘compelled to hang to his railroad, the only possible avenue of supply to the Southern army, estimated from 45,000 to 65,000 men.’ Sherman's army numbered nearly 100,000 men.

About the middle of April, Johnston sent his adjutant-general, Col. B. S. Ewell, to Richmond to state the situation and his own position of readiness to advance if he could be reinforced. But this mission did not result in definite arrangements.

The Confederate army of Tennessee on May 1st was composed of two infantry corps, under Lieut.-Gen. William J. Hardee and Lieut.-Gen. John B. Hood, and one cavalry corps under Maj.-Gen. Joseph Wheeler. The organization of the corps was as follows:

Hardee's corps: Major-General Cheatham's division, composed of the brigades of Maney, Strahl, Carter and Vaughan, all from Tennessee. Major-General Cleburne's division, composed of Polk's Arkansas and Tennessee brigade, Govan's Arkansas brigade, Lowrey's Alabama and Mississippi brigade, and Granbury's Texas brigade. Major-General Walker's division, composed of J. K. Jackson's Georgia and Mississippi brigade, Gist's Georgia and South Carolina brigade, and C. H. Stevens' Georgia brigade. Maj.-Gen. William B. Bate's division, composed of Lewis' Kentucky brigade, Bate's (Tyler's) Georgia and Tennessee brigade, and Finley's Florida brigade.

Hood's corps: Maj.-Gen. T. C. Hindman's division, including Deas' Alabama brigade, Tucker's Mississippi brigade, Manigault's Alabama and South Carolina brigade, and Walthall's Mississippi brigade. Maj.-Gen. C. L. Stevenson's division, composed of Brown's Tennessee brigade, Reynolds' North Carolina and Virginia brigade, Alfred Cumming's Georgia brigade, and Pettus' Alabama brigade. Maj.-Gen. Stewart's division, composed of Stovall's Georgia brigade, Gibson's Louisiana brigade, Clayton's Alabama brigade, and Baker's Alabama brigade.

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