State in January, reported to General Cooper
that ‘the condition of affairs is deplorable.
Large numbers of deserters infest the country, robbing friend and foe indiscriminately.
The condition of the citizen is pitiful in the extreme.
Dismounted Confederate cavalry steal his horses, while a dastard foe robs him of food and clothing.
Grain cannot be ground and food cannot be purchased.
Our cavalry are vigilant and successful in arresting the citizen whose wants compel him to send his bale of cotton to Memphis
to procure the food necessary to existence, but fail to molest the professional blockader who makes merchandise of treason.’
Late in January French
's division, including Sears
' brigade, was ordered to Mobile
On February 3d, Gen. Marcus J. Wright
was assigned by General Forrest
to command of north Mississippi
and west Tennessee
, and south Mississippi
and east Louisiana
were put under charge of Gen. Wirt Adams
. General Chalmers
was assigned to the command of all Mississippi
cavalry, to be known as Chalmers
' division, and the Tennessee
and other cavalry were consolidated under Gen. W. H. Jackson
The Mississippi cavalry commands were organized as follows: Gen. F. C. Armstrong
's brigade—First regiment, Col. R. A. Pinson
; Second, Col. E. Dillon
; Seventh and Ballentine
's regiment consolidated, Colonel Ballentine Ashcraft
's regiment, Colonel Ashcraft
; detachment Twelfth regiment; five companies Fifth regiment; Eighth regiment, Col. T. W. White
Gen. Wirt Adams
' brigade: Col. R. C. Wood
's regiment; Thirty-Eighth, Col. P. Brent
; Ninth, Col. H. H. Miller
; Col. J. McQuirk
's regiment; Fourteenth Confederate, Colonel Dumonteil
's battalion; Twenty-third battalion; Powers
Gen. P. B. Starke
's brigade: Fourth regiment, Colonel Wilbourn
; Sixth, Ninth, Tenth and Eighth Confederate, Col. W. B. Wade
; Twenty-eighth, Major McBee