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d by strong and heavy traverses. Every precaution possible has been taken to cover our lines of communications and render successful the great object of this campaign. The chiefs of the quartermaster and commissary departments have been instructed to take all necessary and proper measures to send stores and supplies to the points above indicated, and co-operate in the movement. I have the honor to enclose a copy of a letter addressed to General Hood, suggesting the propriety of General Cheatham issuing an address to the citizens of Tennessee, on entering that State, setting forth that he comes to that State with his corps and that of Major-General Forrest to aid in their redemption, and calling upon them to co-operate with him in the destruction of the enemy's lines of communication, while the main body of the army is engaged in destroying his lines between Chattanooga and Atlanta. The object of such an address will be to arouse the people of that State and distract the enem
e now advanced on Shoal Creek, about seven or eight miles north of Florence. Unfortunately, heavy rains began on the 2d, and lasted for many days. The river rose rapidly, and the roads became impassable. Part of the bridge being submerged, Cheatham's corps, which was to have crossed shortly after Lee's, was unavoidably delayed. General Hood moved his headquarters to Florence on the 10th of November, preparatory to taking the offensive. On the 31st of the preceding month (October) he hahe enemy from his outer line of temporary works to his inner works, which he abandoned during the night, leaving his killed and wounded in our possession. He retreated rapidly towards Nashville, our cavalry still pursuing. It was then that General Cheatham failed to attack the enemy in flank, while he was filing away on his front, thus disregarding the orders given him by General Hood and frustrating his plan. Our loss was severe, many of our best officers being among the killed and wounded.
General Beauregard to visit the Army of Tennessee. despatches Concefning General Cheatham. General Beauregard's Inabil— ity to go to General Hood's assistance. theral should be sent here at once to command the corps now commanded by Major-General Cheatham I have no one to recommend for the position. Have sent same despatch tat, p. 286 et seq.) General Hood also explains why he was so desirous that General Cheatham should no longer serve with him. In justice to the latter, however, it is uarters, six miles from Nashville, on Franklin Pike, Dec. 8th, 1864. Major-General Cheatham made a failure on the 30th of November, which will be a lesson for him.r Augusta, Ga., via Mobile. He had on that day requested General Hood to hold Cheatham's corps (less Gibson's brigade) in readiness to move at a moment's notice, andAppendix for these two telegrams. Pursuant to General Beauregard's orders, Cheatham's corps had been pushed forward to Georgia with all possible speed; and, on th
l15,950 —— infantry12,450 Lee's corps: Infantry4,000 Cheatham's corps: 3,000 Stewart's corps: 3,000 Only about two-lry, mounted and dismount8,200 —— Grand total33,450 Cheatham's and Stewart's corps had not arrived. The head of CheatCheatham's corps was expected to come on the 4th or 5th, and the head of Stewart's on the 10th or 11th. In view of Sherman's p, not available for any operations in the two Carolinas. Cheatham's and Stewart's corps had also been delayed on their marcs. It had no more than thirty-three hundred and fifty. Cheatham's and Stewart's corps, averaging about three thousand eacrk of Edisto, protecting approaches to Columbia. Head of Cheatham's corps arrived here last night. McLaws's division is atk on south side to within about four miles of the river. Cheatham's corps has not yet arrived. We will hold the city as loe had already had despatches sent to Generals Stewart and Cheatham, calling upon them to hasten their movements on Columbia
hould enter it. See letters to Generals Hampton, Stevenson, and Cheatham, in Appendix. See, also, instructions to Colonel G. W. Brent. Thier other circumstances, might have resulted successfully. But, as Cheatham's and Hardee's troops could not have reached the designated point hem by rail as rapidly as possible. I am also of the opinion that Cheatham, at Newberry, this morning, with two thousand men, and Stewart, eiroad, keeping between this place and Broad River, thus cutting off Cheatham and Stewart. G. T. Beauregard. This was before the enemy had , having lost all hope of concentrating at Chester, with Hardee's, Cheatham's, and Stewart's forces. From Chesterville, on the 21st, Generaee and myself can collect about fifteen thousand men, exclusive of Cheatham and Stewart, not likely to reach in time. If Lee and Bragg could ar Newberry, approaching Charlotte; and two thousand, under Major-General Cheatham, were between Newberry and Augusta, also marching towards C
scuss what General Sherman could or could not have done, had he known the real weakness of the Confederate troops in his front, we merely add that they were even weaker than he supposed them to be, for neither General S. D. Lee's forces, nor General Cheatham's, nor even Generals Wheeler's and Butler's cavalry, were with General Johnston at the time. General Hardee was hurriedly marched to Bentonville, and, as soon as his troops reached that place, the battle opened. It lasted until evening.Bentonville, did not exceed 14,100 men. General Butler's division of cavalry, posted to watch General Sherman's right column, took no part in the action; nor did, General Wheeler's forces; nor did the 2000 men of the Army of Tennessee, under General Cheatham, who only arrived on the 20th and 21st, and had nothing to do during the first day's encounter. Johnston's Narrative of Military Operations, pp. 392, 393. The Federal army, on the other hand, must have numbered at least 60,000 men. Half o
ires to review, separately, the corps of Generals Cheatham and Lee, provided it will not interfere y such movement just then; that he was moving Cheatham's corps to the north side of the river, wherehis army moved forward from Florence. Major-General Cheatham's corps, taking the road leading toware flank of their column to protect it. Major-General Cheatham was ordered at once to attack the eneme of the best afforded during the war. Major-General Cheatham has frankly confessed the great error P. M. with the corps of Generals Stewart and Cheatham, Johnson's division of Lee's corps becoming eral,—General Beauregard directs that you hold Cheatham's corps (except Gibson's brigade, ordered to Columbia, S. C., Feb. 14th, 1865. Major-Genl, Cheatham, Comdg. Corps, Augusta, Ga.: General Beau of ground will be contested, and it is hoped Cheatham and Stewart may reach Charlotte at least in t his march from Cheraw. Mail courier reports Cheatham at Jones's Ferry, on Ennoree, morning of 22d [17 more...]