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n line of battle. A small body of Federal cavalry was posted upon an eminence a short distance beyond. On my arrival upon the field I met for the first time after the charge at Gettysburg a portion of my old troops, who received me with a touching welcome. After a few words of greeting exchanged with General Johnson, I assumed command in accordance with the instructions I had received, ordered the line to be broken by filing into the road, sent a few picked men to the front in support of Forrest's Cavalry, and began to drive the enemy at a rapid pace. In a short time we arrived at Reid's bridge across the Chickamauga, and discovered the Federals drawn up in battle array beyond the bridge, which they had partially destroyed. I ordered forward some pieces of artillery, opened fire, and, at the same time, threw out flankers to effect a crossing above and below and join in the attack. Our opponents quickly retreated. We repaired the bridge, and continued to advance till darkness cl
man, Major General Commanding. My predecessor had evidently another scheme in reserve. General Forrest was required, with five thousand (5000) cavalry in Tennessee, to destroy Sherman's communicred over ten thousand (10,000,), and was composed of as brave men as those under the command of Forrest. If this force, with the exception of a small detachment to protect the flanks of the Army, was unable to break the Federal line of communications, I cannot conceive in what manner General Forrest was expected to accomplish this object with only five thousand (5000) menespecially, when Shermaatened point. Their vast resources enabled them also to rebuild the railroad almost as fast as Forrest could have destroyed it. General Johnston, therefore, errs in the supposition that five thousanbe clearly established when I give an account of the inability, during the siege of Atlanta, of Forrest's cavalry together with about five thousand under Wheeler to accomplish this important object.
cted to strike with small bodies the line at different points, in the vicinity of the Tennessee river, and also that General Forrest be ordered with the whole of his available force into Tennessee for the same object. I intended General Wheeler shoree hundred mules and one thousand horses; he destroyed, in addition, about fifty miles of railroad in Tennessee. General Forrest, with his usual energy, struck shortly afterwards the Federal line of supplies in this State, and, as will hereafteron the enemy. Of his exploits on this expedition I have no official report, as he was not directly under my command. Forrest and Wheeler accomplished all but the impossible with their restricted number of cavalry, and the former, finally, was dr, page 130. The rebel General Wheeler was still in Middle Tennessee, threatening our railroads, and rumors came that Forrest was on his way from Mississippi to the same theatre, for the avowed purpose of breaking up our railroads and compelling
mber, forty-five hundred (4500) cavalry were absent with Wheeler, in Tennessee. This latter circumstance accounts for my statement, subsequently, that we had thirty-five thousand (35,000) effectives during the campaign to the Alabama line. It should, in addition, be observed that Wheeler's cavalry, ten thousand five hundred and forty-three (10,543) in number, as borne upon Colonel Mason's return, on the 20th September, was left in Georgia when we crossed the Tennessee, and was replaced by Forrest's cavalry, numbering altogether two thousand three hundred and six (2306) effectives. This large detachment will account for the reduction in the strength of our Army, at Palmetto and Florence, as will be seen later in my narrative of the campaign to the Alabama line, and thereafter into Tennessee.Total Army 23,053 33,393 36,426 80,125 86,982 Respectfully submitted, A. P. Mason, Lieutenant Colonel, A. A. G. Columbus, Georgia, April 3d, 1866. Consolidated summaries in the Ar
ies and retreat, in case of either success or disaster in Tennessee. In a dispatch to General Taylor I requested that Forrest be ordered to operate at once in Tennessee: [no. 499.] Van Wert, October 7th. Lieutenant General Taylor, Command, Gainesville Junction. Your dispatch of the 6th received. This Army being in motion, it is of vital importance that Forrest should move without delay, and operate on the enemy's railroad. If he cannot break the Chattanooga and Nashville Railro following dispatch to Grant, at City Point: It will be a physical impossibility to protect the roads now that Hood, Forrest, Wheeler, and the whole batch of devils are turned loose without home or habitation. I think Hood's movements indicate a all the cavalry at present with the Army, in order to watch and harass Sherman in case he moved south, and to instruct Forrest to join me as soon as I crossed the Tennessee river. To this proposition I acceded. After he had held a separate confe
Chapter 16: Tennessee campaign Forrest Wheeler Deflection to Florence Detention Pd to deflect westward, effect a junction with Forrest, and then cross the river at Florence. Generd up to pass a few trains of supplies for General Forrest, and are liable to be swept away by freshquired Wheeler to look after my right flank. Forrest has not yet crossed over, but is moving upon me — have retarded my operations. As soon as Forrest joins me, which will be in a few days, I shale to move forward. Without the assistance of Forrest, I cannot secure my wagon trains when across h of the Tennessee, and the following day General Forrest, with his command, reported for duty. On road, reached Columbia, via Mount Pleasant. Forrest operated in our front against the enemy's cav keep well closed up during the march. General Forrest had crossed the evening previous and move Army that afternoon and the ensuing day. General Forrest gallantly opposed the enemy further down [4 more...]
the engagements at Columbia, Franklin, and of Forrest's cavalry. The enemy's estimate of our losng as near the Cumberland as possible, whilst Forrest's cavalry filled the gap between them and thed, on the 5th, to report at that point to General Forrest, who was instructed to watch closely thateces of artillery, twenty wagons and teams by Forrest's cavalry, at Lavergne; of the capture and derces at Murfreesboroa. The following day General Forrest was instructed to leave the roads open tos Division was ordered to return to the Army; Forrest was instructed to direct Palmer's and Mercer' had been sent to Murfreesboroa to inform General Forrest of our misfortune, and to order him to masand (20,000) after deducting the force under Forrest at Murfreesboroa. I had had reason to hopey, and twenty-three hundred and six (2306) of Forrest's cavalry; to which add ten thousand lost froI marched into Tennessee, and was replaced by Forrest's cavalry, which accompanied the Army. Upo[3 more...]
cavalry under Wheeler, in Georgia, and under Forrest, in Tennessee, proved to me conclusively and rs had been sent by General Beauregard to General Forrest to move with his cavalry into Tennessee. te in the evening of the 28th of November General Forrest with most of his command crossed Duck rivto or across the Big Harpeth river, while General Forrest, if successful, was to cross the river an Bates's Division was then withdrawn, leaving Forrest with Jackson's and Buford's Divisions of cavae field, I sent a staff officer to inform General Forrest of our defeat, and to direct him to rejoirigades at Columbia as a rear guard under General Forrest. From Pulaski I moved by the most directo Florence, and also by the absence of Major General Forrest's command, this Army moved forward froe to the eastward, with the cavalry under General Forrest in their advance, and upon their right fle in the evening of the 28th of November, General Forrest, with most of his command, crossed Duck r[7 more...]