made a reconnoissance down the Tennessee
as far as the batteries at Chickasaw
, and landed his division at Pittsburg
He was soon joined by Hurlbut
's division, and frequent skirmishes began on the roads leading toward the Memphis & Charleston railroad.
By April 3d Grant
had five divisions at Pittsburg Landing
, about 33,000 men, and Wallace
's division at Crump's Landing, about 5,000 more.
At this date skirmishing became more active and constant.
wrote to headquarters, ‘There will be no difficulty in going any place with the army now concentrated here, but a battle will necessarily ensue at any point on the railroads touched.’
On April 5th, reporting a considerable skirmish at the front, he wrote from Savannah
, ‘I have scarcely the faintest idea of an attack (general one) being made upon us, but will be prepared should such a thing take place.’
was carrying out his plan of campaign to concentrate at Corinth
and strike Grant
before he could be reinforced by Buell
's army of 25,000 men. The delay of reorganization almost consumed the available time, and did result fatally.
The organization on April 6th-7th gave the following places to Mississippi
First corps: The first division was commanded by Brig.-Gen. Charles Clark
, but contained no Mississippi
command except Capt. Thomas J. Stanford
The second division, General Cheatham
, contained Col. A. K. Blythe
's Mississippi regiment in Bushrod Johnson
's brigade, and Capt. Melancthon Smith
's battery in Stephens
The First Mississippi cavalry, Col. A. J. Lindsay
, was attached to this corps; also the Mississippi
battalion, Lieut.-Col. R. H. Brewer
Second corps: The Mississippi troops were under the brigade command of Gen. J. R. Chalmers
, of Gen. Jones M. Withers
' division, including the Fifth regiment, Col. Albert E. Fant
; Seventh, Lieut.-Col. Hamilton