and in January was engaged in the winter expedition to Bath
Through General Loring
's solicitations to the war department at Richmond
his division, which had been left at Romney
, was ordered back to Winchester
This interference on the part of the government at Richmond
came near causing the resignation of General Jackson
On the 5th of February, 1862, General Loring
was commissioned major general and assigned to the command of the army of Southwest Virginia
Nothing of any great importance occurred in that region, the soldiers being for the most part occupied in picket duty and occasional skirmishes with the enemy.
In December, 1862, Loring
was sent to take command of the First corps of the army of Mississippi.
He had charge for a while of Fort Pemberton
, which was designed to defend Vicksburg
from any expedition sent by way of Yazoo pass
It was a cotton-bale fortification, constructed by Captain Robinson
of the Confederate engineers, and situated on the overflowed bottom lands of the Tallahatchie
and Yallabusha rivers
, near their junction.
Here General Loring
, with three cannon and 1,500 men, defeated a fleet and land force.
In the hottest of the fight Loring
stood upon the cottonbale parapet and shouted to his men: ‘Give them blizzards, boys!
Give them blizzards!’
From this time his men nicknamed him ‘Old Blizzards.’
At the disastrous battle of Baker's Creek Loring
was cut off from the rest of the army.
Finding there was no chance to reunite with the main body he marched his division eastward and joined General Johnston
He and his troops were thus fortunately saved from being shut up and captured in Vicksburg
He was subsequently under the command of Johnston
and then of Polk
in north Mississippi
At the opening of the campaign of 1864 Polk
hastened to Georgia
to make a junction with the army under Joseph E. Johnston
During the Atlanta campaign General Loring
commanded a division in Polk