division; Colonel Moore
, commanding Third brigade, Green
When after all was over and the whole of the Army of the West, now reduced to about 6,000 men, came out of the town and into the woods through which we had so confidently charged an hour before, generals, colonels and staff-officers in vain endeavored to rally the men. They plodded doggedly along toward the road by which we had marched on the day before, and it was not in any man's power then to form them into line.
We found Generals Van Dorn
within a few hundred yards of the place, sitting on their horses near each other.
looked upon the thousands of men streaming past him with a mingled expression of sorrow and pity.
Old General Price
looked on the disorder of his darling troops with unmitigated anguish.
The big tears coursed down the old man's bronzed face, and I have never witnessed such a picture of mute despair and grief as his countenance wore when he looked upon the utter defeat of those magnificent troops.
He had never before known them to fail, and they never had failed to carry the lines of any enemy in their front; nor did they ever, to the close of their noble career at Blakely
on the 9th of April, 1865, fail to defeat the troops before them.
I mean no disparagement to any troops of the Southern Confederacy when I say the Missouri
troops of the Army of the West were not surpassed by any troops in the world.
In the month of November, 1862, a court of inquiry was convened at Abbeville, Mississippi
, to examine into certain allegations made by General John S. Bowen
about the conduct of General Van Dorn
during the expedition against Corinth
General Van Dorn
was fully acquitted.
A very intelligent battery commander, Captain Thomas F. Tobin
, now the proprietor of a cotton-press in Memphis
, was an important witness on this trial, and we quote from his testimony to show how complete was the first success of the assault on Corinth
, and had it been supported, how great and complete would have been the victory.
Question by the defendant.—1st.
After you were taken prisoner state if you know if any portion of our army carried the interior works around Corinth; 2d, and what troops, if you know them; 3d, and also state whether they entered the town; 4th, and how far they penetrated into it.
Yes. 2d. General Maury's division, nearly all of it, I think, and the First brigade of General Green's division, commanded by Colonel Gates, carried everything before them; 3d, and