The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 7
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Captain Thomas William Blount and His Memoirs
mitted to General Beauregard. He likewise concurred with Gen-
General Johnston then in person remarked to the council,
"Gentlemen, the battle will be fought upon General Bragg's plan."
This was the morning of the fourth of April. The attack upon
the enemy was to be the fifth day of April. General Johnston
received a dispatch during the day that thirty-six hundred Louis-
ianians would reach there the sixth. He deferred the attack one
day. That same day Grant got fifteen thousand reinforcements.
This will do justice to General Bragg. He was next to Lee the
greatest general on the continent.
The evening of the fifth I was ordered to report to General
Villepigue. We entrained and spent the night at Memphis. I was
informed by General Villepigue that I was to serve on his staff as
an officer of artillery. General Villepigue had paid me a great
compliment. He had said that he wanted me for his chief of
artillery. It is the ethics of the army that orders from above
come through subordinates down to the man entitled to it.
General Bragg had been very kind to me. His mother was a
Blount. I had shown him my diploma. Colonel Morgan, who
signed my diploma at Kentucky Military Institute, had been his
classmate. Colonel Morgan was under a cloud. He had run away
with another man's wife.
On the sixth we reached Fort Pillow. While acting as a staff
officer I was also requested to command the battery next to the
enemy, the northern battery. General Villepigue gave me the
post or honor. During the whole charge from the morning of the
fifth up to about the twenty-sixth of May there was a constant
bombardment of the fortifications of Fort Pillow by the enemy's
mortars which were situated in a bend of the river about two
miles northeast of Fort Pillow. The enemy made no effort to
pass our fortifications until about the twentieth when they were
repulsed with two shots from my battery which disabled one of
their boats, and the others retired north.
About the twenty ninth of May General Beauregard (in com-
mand since the death of General Johnston') ordered General
Villepigue to abandon Fort Pillow, and repair with his division to
Grenada, Mississippi below Memphis. I was left with twenty
'Johnston was killed at the Battle of Shiloh, April 6, 1862.
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