e of Mississippi.
During all the time that the Confederates held that section of the country, Grand Junction was the scene of large gatherings of troops.
See page 348, volume I. on the southern border of that State; Corinth, in Mississippi, and Decatur, in Alabama, all of them along the line of the Charleston and Memphis Railway, that stretches from the Mississippi to the Atlantic seaboard — were made places for the rendezvous of troops from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
And while Johnston was fleeing southward before the followers of the energetic Mitchel, to join his forces to those of Beauregard, the latter was gathering an army at Corinth to confront a most serious movement of the Nationals up the Tennessee River, already alluded to.
While Grant and Foote were pulling down, the strongholds of rebellion in Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky, the National troops, under
Samuel R. Curtis.
Generals Curtis, Sigel, and others, were carrying the standard of the Repub