division, which by its fiery onset nearly captured two brigades forming the rear of Pope
The enemy's loss was considerable in killed and wounded; the Southern
casualties, some 200.
In the Farmington
affair, though without satisfactory results, owing to the blunder of Van Dorn
's guides, our troops behaved with great spirit.
In the meantime Beauregard
, in view of the heavy odds against the Confederates
, had decided to evacuate Corinth
He had no desire that the enemy should see into his mind.
Without the knowledge of either Halleck
, therefore, he quietly withdrew his army on the night of April 29th, with a loss of neither men nor stores.
's retreat was masterly in every respect.
It became known only at sunrise, and may stand for a model as the march from the front of a prudent commander.
His army reached Tupelo, Miss.
, on the 9th of June.
had already begun to feel the effects of ill health at Corinth
, and on the 14th of June he left Tupelo
for Claiborne Springs in search of temporary recuperation.
He had, before leaving, turned the command of Department No. 2 over to General Bragg
As early as May 7th Maj.-Gen. Braxton Bragg
had assumed command of the Confederate army of the Mississippi
had been a resident of Louisiana
for several years before the war. In 1861, the general assembly provided for organizing the Louisiana State
forces, and under that law General Bragg
was appointed brigadier-general, March 7th.
It seemed, at the opening of the Tennessee
campaign, of good augury that the Louisiana
troops should have been placed under the command of so distinguished a soldier, who was also a representative of their own State.
Before leaving Tupelo
had practically reorganized his army.
Among the Louisianians whom he left with Price
's brigade, consisting of the Eighteenth Louisiana regiment, and the consolidated Crescent