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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Sherman's Meridian expedition and Sooy Smith's raid to West point. (search)
Notwithstanding this condition of affairs (well known to Sherman), there remained at Natchez a large division of Federals under General Davidson; at Vicksburg, McPherson's Seventeenth army corps; at Memphis, Hurlbut's Sixteenth army corps, and about ten thousand cavalry under his command, including General W. S. Smith's in West Trom scouts and prisoners, both on the flank and rear of the enemy, fixed Sherman's force as consisting of two corps (of two divisions each), commanded by Major-Generals McPherson (Seventeenth corps) and Hurlbut (Sixteenth corps); a brigade of cavalry, under Colonel Winston; about forty pieces of artillery, with a considerable wagoian till the 20th to hear from General Smith, but hearing nothing whatever, and having utterly destroyed the railroads in and around that junction, I ordered General McPherson to move slowly back towards Canton. It is necessary for General Sherman to explain the object, for otherwise it might not be discovered by the military st
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Hardee and the Military operations around Atlanta. (search)
to march entirely around and to the rear of McPherson's left flank, even if he was forced to go toa (177). Hardee had not only failed to turn McPherson's left, according to positive orders, but haerwise established. One such fact is that McPherson's general position, on the Decatur side of A have brought the attacking force in rear of McPherson's centre or right flank. The distances and advanced to Atlanta by way of Decatur. And McPherson was now facing and entrenched along the Decaat an angle of about forty-five degrees with McPherson's entrenched line; so that the left divisionral Hood) supposed they would be deployed to McPherson's right, to fill the gap which we knew separrates in the text that Hardee failed to turn McPherson's left as directed. It is true that the lefvery battery which was the special object of McPherson's visit to me, and almost enveloped the enti some points our line was nearly parallel to McPherson's entrenchments which faced Atlanta, and whi[24 more...]