In March, 1862, a well organized and fully equipped Federal force, of over forty-seven thousand men, was gathered in front of Pittsburg landing
, on the Tennessee river
, a few miles from Corinth
, where the Confederates
were assembling for arming and drilling as fast as possible.
This army, of which at least forty per cent were flushed with recent victories, was soon to be reinforced by General Buell
, already on the march from Nashville, Tenn.
, with, at the lowest estimate, an effective force of thirty-seven thousand disciplined and superbly-equipped troops.
General Albert Sidney Johnston
, the comander-in-chief, who had been retreating from Kentucky
to avoid being enveloped by these overwhelming forces, arrived on the 22d of March at Corinth
, where Beauregard
, with infinite trouble, energy and perseverance, had succeeded in mustering twenty-five thousand men.