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General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 6 (search)
wagons, from Tennessee to Mississippi, fully sustained this opinion. That time was more than three weeks. Brigadier-General Forrest, who was detached by General Bragg to operate on Major-General Grant's rear, was very successful in breaking ran the neighborhood. General Dodge's division moved on slowly, pressing back Roddy to Town Creek, where, on the 28th, Forrest, with his brigade, joined Roddy. Near that place the Federal forces divided; the cavalry, under Colonel Streight, turniwards Moulton, and the main body, under General Dodge, halting, and then marching back. Leaving Roddy to observe Dodge, Forrest pursued Streight's party with three regiments, and captured it within twenty miles of Rome, after a chase of five days, necessary here. A similar report of the condition of my health was made on the 28th, to the Secretary of War. While Forrest and Roddy were engaged with Dodge and Streight, Colonel Grierson made a raid entirely through Mississippi. Leaving Lagr
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 7 (search)
Vicksburg. telegraphic correspondence with the President and Secretary of War. move to the relief of General Pemberton. receive news of the fall of Vicksburg. army retires to Jackson. I set out for Mississippi on the first train that left Tullahoma, after the order of the Secretary of War was received. It was in the morning of the 10th of May. The intelligence of the assassination of the gallant Van Dorn had been received, and General Bragg and myself joined in recommending General Forrest as his successor. At Lake Station, in Mississippi, on the 13th, a dispatch from Lieutenant-General Pemberton, dated Vicksburg, May 12th, was sent to me from the telegraph-office. I was informed in it that the enemy is apparently moving in heavy force toward Edwards's Depot, on Southern Railroad. McClernand's Thirteenth Corps was apparently mistaken for the heavy force. With my limited force I will do all I can to meet him. That will be the battle-field, if I can carry forward s
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 7 (search)
very important services in Tennessee. They had several engagements with the enemy, to the advantage and honor of our arms. Without them we could not have held the country which, till the latter part of June, furnished food for Bragg's army. More than two weeks before your Excellency's dispatch of April 30th, a brigade of cavalry was sent across the Tennessee to aid in the protection of Mississippi, and, reports of large reenforcements to the garrison of Corinth being received, Brigadier-General Forrest was sent with another on April 23d. These two brigades constituted the force referred to in my dispatch of April 30th. As soon as the falling back of the Federal army made it practicable, Colonel Roddy was transferred to Mississippi, with about two-thirds of the joint forces. In paragraph XII. you quote the dispatch of the War Department to me of June 5th, as follows: I regret inability to promise more troops, as we have drained resources even to the danger of several point
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 11 (search)
too, that the Administration would see the expediency of employing Forrest and his cavalry to break the enemy's railroad communications, by wa, under an officer fully competent to head such an enterprise-General Forrest. I therefore suggested the measure to the President, directly the enemy. Is it not in your power to send more troops Could not Forrest or Morgan, or both, do more now for our cause in Sherman's rear thry of Morgan is on district service, and may fulfill your wishes. Forrest's command is now operating on Sherman's lines of communication andth his army would be impossible if ten thousand good cavalry under Forrest were thrown in his rear this side of Chattanooga, and his suppliesssary force to cut off the enemy's subsistence. We do not see how Forrest's operations in Mississippi, or Morgan's raids as conducted in Ken It can scarcely be doubted that five thousand cavalry directed by Forrest's sagacity, courage, and enterprise, against the Federal railroad
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Letters. (search)
e invested, we shall not have a sufficient force to break the investment. Grant is still on the Tallahatchie, so that the remainder of Loring's and Price's troops cannot be withdrawn from Grenada. From his halting I suppose he is repairing the railroad. The force at Grenada (about eleven thousand effectives) is too weak to do more than delay the passage of the river by the enemy. My hope of keeping him back is in Van Dorn, under whom I propose to unite all the available cavalry, when Forrest and Roddy can be found. Should Grant join Sherman at Vicksburg, it would be very embarrassing, for, as he could reach the place from Memphis as soon as we could learn whether he was embarking or moving along the railroad to Grenada, it could be invested by the combined armies. We could not break the investment with eleven thousand men, but it would be necessary to try. The necessity of holding the Yazoo, as well as Vicksburg, employs a large force, too widely distributed to be in c
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Memorandum for Colonel Browne, Aide-de-camp. (search)
ent, Richmond: Fearing that a previous telegram may not have reached you, I respectfully recommend the promotion of Brigadier-General Walthall to command the division of Lieutenant-General Polk's troops now under Brigadier-General Canty. General Polk regards this promotion as important as I do. J. E. Johnston, General. Note.-Bad health makes General Canty unable to serve in the field. Near Marietta, June 13, 1864. General Bragg, Richmond: I earnestly suggest that Major-General Forrest be ordered to take such parts as he may select of the commands of Pillow, Chalmers, and Roddy, all in Eastern Alabama, and operate in the enemy's rear between his army and Dalton. J. E. Johnston, General. Near Marietta, June 28, 1864. General S. Cooper, Richmond: I have received your dispatch inquiring why three regiments had not been sent to Savannah in exchange for those of Mercer's brigade. They have not been sent, because, before Mercer's brigade joined, we were enga