Prelude to Battle of Pittsburg Landing. April 1862

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TnnTn-t-Tjl -rm II II T I I T H I fT I r or for n-lel, of is EROM OUR BVESISG EDITION OF YESTERDAY. FKDEKAIi Xl'KUlTIOrV' Ul THE TE.MVESSKK KIVEIt. What it hat -IccompIUh&d. CerreBpondeecef tho Cincinnati G alette. 1 Sayannau, Tenn., Mareh 12 The greater part of ihe Tennessee river expedition arrived at Savannah, Savannah, Hardin county, Teen., on the evening" aad during the night of the 11th inn. As the ran broe over the c&nebrakf s thit lioe the river banks, it dltdosed men a rcene ax neither that nor Indeed, any river on the conti nent ever witnessed before. For nearly two miles np and down the stream lay the fleet Store vessels were constantly arriving ; the channel was filled with them, gliding; about in search of landings near their respective brigade headanarters, and tbe air was heavy with the murky smoke from hundreds of puffing chimneys. The expedition bad indeed reached tae Funny bonta. We were seventeen miles from the Sllfsiwsipnl line, and only twenty-five from the northwest corner ot Alabtma, precisely as far noata as tbe noruiern une ot bouui uaro-Slna, uaro-Slna, and farther down than any of oar armies, excepting the small ones that have gone around by the seaeoast expeditions. , The troops arrived in pretty fair condition. The von-elson von-elson forces that embarked at Fort Henry were poiiUvuly refreshed by the rest they had got afloat and the beautiful beautiful sunny weather had largely aided to dkninUh tbeir slck lists. The new troops, Ohio, Indiana and Iowa, that came np from Paducah and beyond, bad been abnard too long for health, and unfortunately it becanw evident that thev would not be permitted to disembark for several days yet Four divfeeeos (of brigades improper exactly to enumerate to eaeh division, wore organized, and troops enough either had already arrived -or were on the way. to form one, if not two more. Our Ohio Gen. Sherman, (late commander in Kentucky,) as the ranking brigadier in tbe district had the advance division ; next came Gen. HcClemand, then Gen. Huflburt, (both of UUusIiJ and last Gen. Lew. Wallace, of Indiana. - On. Srakh. aim nromoted for Donelson service, had received his major-general's commbeon, and by virtue of it had the commaaa ox too ujuyt-u-cma m .o uuu, u next to Gen. Grant the ranking officer of the district rt.n KmiiV. huinTiartBr'a boat was landed at the Savannah wharf about three o'clock on the afternoon of the 12th ; his yawl came across to Gen. I.ew. Wa'laee's headquarters, on the opposite side of tne stream, and the two generals had a brief conference. Thn rnnittltaiion lasted far half an hour, the two gen erals traced oat a few eoorees on tbe ataps, and made a few inquiries B4 to distances. Gen. Smith entered lib yawl agaia, and Gen, Wallace gave tbt; order, "Brigade, regimental ana eumpany Hsoen wm we wu mi ntru prepara three daysratiens, and hold themselves In readi ness for immediate movement" SIARCH OF THE DIVISION. KEAB SaVASSAH, TESSESSEE, March 14, 1662. J The msreh of Gen. Wallace's division last night and the night preceding, was In no- wie dWerect from bua-dred bua-dred of marches the same troops and. other troops, all thronch the seat of war in the West have made, and yet common as were Its fatigues, hut few of Its partici pants will ever appreciate mew. PLAN OF OPERATIONS. Tba tilan of the movement was briefly this ; At the two towns, of Party, in Tennessee, and Corinth, In Mis sissippl, pretty strong rebel forces were known to be posted, and between them was direct railroad communication. communication. .To attack one was therefore to attack both till the railroad connection could be destroyed. A few miles south of Purdy was an important railroad bridge, with long trestle work on each tide. From this bridge a good road lea to a landing on me river, xour or uve uiuea above Savannah. Gen. Wallace was to move up the river after nightfall, so as to throw the rebel scouts off the scent, move out on the road six or eight miles with his infantry, and meantime wad his cavalry ahead to destroy the brwge and iresue wore, ana capiur pawing pawing train if possible. The infantry would be within calling calling distance to sapport the cavalry in case of aitaek, or prevent their being cut off by a met ement in tbe flank

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  1. Memphis Daily Appeal,
  2. 05 Apr 1862, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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