Re: Streight's Raid into Northern Georgia and Alabama
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "josepharose" <josepharose@y...>
> --- In email@example.com, "Tony Gunter"
> > That would have required Johnston ordering Forrest from Bragg's
> > department to Pemberton's department. Not only did Johnston
> > order any troops from Bragg to reinforce Pemberton, but due tofeint
> > Dodge's feint at Tuscumbia he ordered Pemberton to send
> > reinforcements to Bragg, and ordered Pemberton to have Ruggles
> > towards Corinth.I don't think events in December 1862 are representative of events in
> CHATTANOOGA, TENN. December 4, 1862.
1863... especially considering confidential communications sent to
Johnston indicating that Pemberton was hording more troops than
necessary to defend his department.
That being said, I think I'm wrong in part on Forrest. Johnston,
after Dodge's feint withdrew at Tuscumbia, did actually order Forrest
to move into North Mississippi. However, this required Forrest to
move around Tuscumbia in circuitous fashion, and was only meant as a
means to replace Ruggles, who had been ordered to move to Vicksburg
with all haste, bringing everything in his department except a
battery of artillery and assorted cavalry. The order was issued
prior to Forrest's pursuit of Streight, but well after Grierson had
passed south of Jackson, so Forrest would have never been sent in