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General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter3 (search)
fusion. It was the escort of a reconnoitring officer Stuart's report.-a brigade of infantry, a battery of eight guns, and a detachment of cavalry. At this time such an organization of the army as that completed a year later was proposed to the Administration — the formation of corps and divisions as well as brigades, and the creation of the grades of lieutenant-general and major-general. It was partially adopted then, and four divisions formed of the thirteen brigades of the army. E. Van Dorn, G. W. Smith, J. Longstreet, and T. J. Jackson, were appointed majors-general to command them. Bonham's, Early's, and Rodes's brigades, formed Van Dorn's division; D. R. Jones's, Ewell's, and Cocke's, joined Longstreet's; those of S. Jones, Toombs, and Wilcox, G. W. Smith's; and Jackson's was composed of his former brigade, Elzey's, Crittenden's, and Walker's. No army composed of new troops ever had general officers of more merit than those just enumerated. This fact, and the admir
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 6 (search)
ievement at Hartsville. meet the President at Chattanooga, and accompany him to Mississippi. battle of Murfreesboroa. Van Dorn attacked at Franklin. while en route to Mississippi, ordered to take direct command of General Bragg's army. events in, and in a few hours the immediate cause became known --the destruction of the Federal depot at Holly Springs, by Major-General Van Dorn. That officer, with three thousand cavalry, surprised the garrison at daybreak, took two thousand prisoners, andd some six thousand cavalry near Grenada, unemployed, and almost unorganized. Under the circumstances described, Major-General Van Dorn was directed to form a division of two-thirds of these troops, and to move into Tennessee, after preparing it fopposite the town. No military event worth mentioning occurred in either department in February. On the 5th of March Van Dorn's division was attacked, seven or eight miles south of Franklin, by the Federal garrison of that place, but repulsed th
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 7 (search)
rew its supplies from the country; and did not in the least depend on its communications with the Mississippi. Consequently, cavalry placed on what General Pemberton regarded as its communications, would have been altogetheruseless. Major. General Van Dorn's success, referred to, was obtained by the surprise of the garrison of Holly Springs and the destruction of General Grant's military supplies in depot in the town. At the time in question, General Grant had no garrison to be surprised nor the State until late in the spring. Grant had fallen back toward Memphis, and Sherman and McClernand had been repulsed at Vicksburg, but Bragg's army had been terribly reduced by the engagements near Murfreesboroa. I therefore directed Major-General Van Dorn to form about two-thirds of the cavalry near Grenada into a division, and to join General Bragg with it. These troops were transferred from a country in which they could not operate, and a department not threatened, and in which the enemy
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Letters. (search)
r by the enemy. My hope of keeping him back is in Van Dorn, under whom I propose to unite all the available cedition in the two departments. Please assign General Van Dorn to the same cavalry, with instructions to repouary 11, 1863. General Bragg, Tullahoma: One of Van Dorn's great objects will be to cover your left, by preoddy will contribute far more to this object under Van Dorn, than separate. This is the only pressure possibls in Mississippi. Please order Roddy to report to Van Dorn. Grant is reported to intend to repair the railroPort Gibson. The object of the expedition under Van Dorn will be to interrupt any movement into Mississippi General. Chattanooga, February 26, 1853. Major-General Van Dorn. General: Your letter of the 22d inst. ipi, or from Middle Tennessee, for the purpose — if Van Dorn's cavalry, at least, might not return. The infnt of it with confidence. On that account, Major-General Van Dorn's cavalry was added to it. Dividing that ar