, Capt. Charles T. Biser
, Capt. R. C. Walsh
On August 24th General Maury
, ‘You have again saved Mississippi
Come and help Mobile
, after a long and fierce struggle, was occupied by enemy yesterday.
The attack on the city will be made at once, I expect.
Will the retreat of the enemy from North Mississippi
enable you to come with any of your force?
We are very weak.’
But the land attack on Mobile
was not made until the next spring.
Of the same date as Maury
's letter to Forrest
, there was a communication from Col. J. D. Stewart
, chief of ordnance
of the State of Mississippi
, which throws light upon the efforts of the State
in support of the cause.
He said: ‘I am directed by Governor Clark
to urge you to aid in arming his troops.
We have now 5,000 in camp and not half of them armed.
will not have less than 9,000 or 10,000 troops ready in a few days, and we fear from present prospects that arms cannot be procured.
, the ordnance officer at this place, seems to be doing all in his power, yet the arms do not come fast enough to arm the men. Your strong helping hand will no doubt facilitate matters.
Give it to us, and let Mississippi
was represented in the operations at Mobile
during the summer by the battery commanded by Capt. George F. Abbay
, and early in September part of McCulloch
's brigade was sent to Mobile
On September 6, 1864, Lieut.-Gen. Richard Taylor
assumed command of the department including Mississippi
, with headquarters at Meridian
immediately telegraphed him that General Forrest
believed that if he could take 4,000 men and six pieces of artillery into middle
and west Tennessee
he could do some good and recruit his command, which Mr. Davis
advised, and Taylor
immediately ordered the movement.
then telegraphed Chalmers
‘Move your troops ’