The strength of Sherman's corps.
--A letter from Mississippi
gives the following estimate of Sherman
's corps, which joined Grant
in time to drive Bragg
from Lookout Mountain
It passed through the town from which the correspondent writes:
The last division passed through here on Friday November 6th, and the whole column marched about in this order; 1st. Brig.-Gen. Ewing
, commanding 4th division, numbering 4,500 men, with about 100 wagons and several pieces of artillery.
2d. Brig.-Gen. Smith
, commanding division, numbering about 3,000 effective men. 3d.
.-Gen. Morgan L. Smith
, commanding division, numbering 3,500 men. 4th.
and Frank P. Blair
combined, numbering about 6,000 men, with a heavy train of wagons and artillery.
The whole column combined numbered 17,000 men, 86 pieces of artillery, and 1,000 wagons.
When the head of the column reached Elk river
, 35 miles above here, they found it impossible to ford it, and consequently turned their course towards Pulaski
This movement caused the rear division — commanded by Gen. Dodge
--to strike across the country a few miles north of this place, in order to make a more direct march to Pulaski
, and there by a void the town of Florence
From the best information I can gather in regard to Dodge
's force, he had about 3,000 men,. 17 pieces of artillery, and about 100 wagons.
This would make the whole of Sherman
's force 20,000 men, 103 pieces of artillery, and 1,100 wagons; and, upon inquiry, it will be found that this statement is in the main correct.
Their cavalry force was comparatively small, consisting principally of the 5th Ohio cavalry, 13th, and part of the 4th U. S. regulars, and numbering in all not more than one thousand men.