About the same time Col. John T. Hughes
, appointed brigadier-general, left for Missouri
on recruiting service.
At Priceville Colonel Burbridge
resigned the command of the Second infantry, and F. M. Cockrell
became colonel of the regiment, with R. D. Dwyer
lieutenant-colonel and P. S. Senteney
At Tupelo General Price
's division was reviewed by Generals Hardee
, and the men complimented on their soldierly bearing and the record they had made on the field.
When General Beauregard
evacuated Corinth General Halleck
did not follow him, and gradually the different commands that had constituted his army were sent to other fields of operation.
In August General Beauregard
was sick at Bladen Springs
, Generals Polk
were operating under General Bragg
as a center, General Van Dorn
had been given a department embracing Vicksburg
and Baton Rouge
, General Breckinridge
had been sent to reinforce him, and General Price
was left in command in northern Mississippi
His orders were to watch the Federal
army at Corinth
, to oppose him in any movement he might make down the Mississippi
, and if he attempted to join Buell
to hinder him and move his own force up and join Bragg
and Van Dorn
each commanded a corps of two divisions.
They were both in the State of Mississippi
, and were independent of each other, though Van Dorn
was the ranking officer.
Their combined force amounted to about 25,000 infantry and 3,000 cavalry.
proposed that they combine their forces and drive the Federals
out of Mississippi
and West Tennessee
replied that he could not do so under his orders.
But shortly afterward Price
received information which led him to believe Grant
was moving to the support of Buell
, and he marched his force, nearly 16,000 strong, from Tupelo
, driving a small Federal force out of the place and capturing a considerable quantity of stores.
But his information was misleading, and