The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 23, In Two Parts. Part 2, Correspondence, etc. Page: 843
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CHAP. XXXV.1 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE. 843
but that country, until the oat crops ripen, may be regarded as im-
passible, except by parties on a raid.
The view which I present you of my position is not encouraging,
but I think it is a just one. General Sam. Jones, near Wytheville, has
been directed to co-operate with me. I am not advised of what assist-
ance he could render, but not beyond a very few thousand men (perhaps
from 2,000 to 4,000 men).
The general plan I have sketched for the present is as follows: If
the enemy advance toward Cumberland Gap, I propose to concentrate
there, and avail myself of opportunities to strike at him where he di-
vides to turn the position. If he advances from Monticello in the direc-
tion of Clinton, I propose to concentrate at the latter place in the latter
movement. If I cannot stop his advance, I would propose to maneuver
with a view of Loudon as my base, making the Tennessee River a com-
mon line for your army and mine, should my failure here cause you to
withdraw behind the Tennessee. For that purpose Loudon is better
fitted for my base than Knoxville, where, in the event of falling back,
an enemy might interpose directly between me and the Army of Ten-
I need not say, general, how cheerfully I desire to co-operate with
you. I regret that my means are so small that I will have little oppor-
tunity of practically showing my disposition to aid your movements.
You will see from the statement of my force and position that it will
usually be I who am to expect from you the assistance which I feel as-
sured you will always render, as far as possible.
Let me ask you to give me your views in reference to the whole sub-
ject of the defense of East Tennessee, and the best way of our acting in
concert with each other. As you remark, the distance of our common
superior is so great, and the relations between our departments so inti-
mate, that it is indispensable that we should act in proper concert. It
is to be regretted, therefore, at this time that a single mind does not
control both departments.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
S. B. BUCKNER,
Abstract from return of the artillery of Polk's Army Corps, Lieut. Col. Marshall T. Polk
commanding, for May 19, 1863.
Batteries. a a-
Barret's (Missouri)--................ .. 92 98 114 ... ...... 2 51 2
Carnes' (Tennessee) . ......----....-.... .. 79 92 107 . 2 2 47 27
Douglas' (Texas)..........-.. ...-- ... 81 95 103 .. ..... . 2 2 65 12
Garrity's (Alabama) .. ...........-.. 94 101 138 2 2 51 32
Humphreys' (Arkansas) .-............ 87 99 103 . .. 2 2 50 14
Robertson's (Confederate) [Florida?] ... 99 130 140 .... - 6 ...... 83 34
Scott's (Tennessee) ..---............ 84 101 113 . .... 2 2 53 20
Smith's (Mississippi)-- ... --... -....... . 81 97 108 ... 4 .72 29
Stanford's (Mississippi) ................ 100 117 119 4 ... .. . - 60 32
Waters' (Alabama)...--................ 86 104 116 ...... ... 2 2 58 29
Total* .--.----.-.- ..- ...- . - 883 1 034 I 1,161 4 10 14 14 590 255
* MoTyer's battery reported on detached service near Columbia.
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