in the direction of Chattanooga — a movement to which, on June 11th, Halleck gave the objective of Chattanooga and Cleveland and Dalton ; the ultimate purpose being to take possession of east Tennessee, in cooperation with General G. W. Morgan.
To counteract these plans, General Bragg began, on June 27th, the transfer of a large portion of his army to Chattanooga by rail, via Mobile, and about the middle of August set out on the northward movement which terminated only within sight of the Ohio River.
The Confederate forces in Mississippi were left under command of Generals Van Dorn and Price.
About the middle of July General Halleck was called to Washington to discharge the duties of General-in-chief.
He left the District of West Tennessee and the territory held in northern Mississippi under the command of General Grant.
In August, by Halleck's orders, General Grant sent E. A. Paine's and Jeff. C. Davis's divisions across the Tennessee to strengthen Buell, who was moving northward