The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 31, In Three Parts. Part 3, Correspondence, etc. Page: 829
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CaP. XLIII.1 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.
because my men deserted under similar circumstances. It is said
that my last report before this time showed 1,700 men for duty, and
that when the enemy reached Grenada I had but 700.
It will be remembered that Vicksburg had fallen and the whole
country was greatly depressed. All of the Second Arkansas Regi-
ment except 40 men deserted. The term of service of Blythe's
regiment, the last report of which was 354 aggregate present, and
of the Sixth Battalion, aggregate 125, with State troops, was about
to expire, and General George, commanding State troops, had given
then permission to retire from camp to reorganize and they were
not in hand. Major Chalmers' battalion, 94 men, which was guard-
ing the Tallahatchie at Wyatt, was cut off by the enemy that
crossed at Rocky Ford. Falkner's regiment, 250 strong, was arrest-
ing deserters and did not get into Grenada at all, and McGuirk's,
about the same size, was engaged in the same business, and only a
part of them were on hand for the fight. These facts were repre-
sented to General Lee once before, but he seemed still to think that
I was somewhat culpable for having so many men engaged in arrest-
ing stragglers and deserters. I beg, therefore, to exhibit the order
that I received from Lieutenant-General Hardee about the arrest of
deserters from General Johnston's army, and to state that the de-
serters were represented to be in considerable bodies, armed and
threatening resistance. Under these circumstances I think I would
have been derelict in my duty if I had sent out a smaller force to
arrest them than I did.
It was my misfortune that the enemy came upon me at such a
time, but I cannot admit that there was any fault in me.
I had been quite sick just before, and as soon as I was able to travel
had gone to General Johnston to ask for assistance. The enemy
came in my absence.
Hoping this will explain a matter which has heretofore been un-
satisfactory, I am, major, yours, respectfully,
JAS. R. CHALMERS,
Morton, Miss., July 29, 1863.
GENERAL : Lieutenant-General Hardee, commanding, desires that
you will take energetic measures for the apprehension in your vicin-
ity of deserters from this army with which the country is swarming,
and send them under guard to these headquarters as fast as arrested.
Respectfully, general, your obedient servant,
T. B. ROY,
Lieutenant- Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
RICHMOND, December 14, 1863.
General J. E. JOHNSTON:
Brigadier-General Forrest was promoted to meet your wants, and
the suggestion as to his position was made because of his local
knowledge. Major-General Lee remains senior officer of cavalry and
you can use both as the public interest requires.
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