The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 17, In Two Parts. Part 2, Correspondence, etc. Page: 626
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WEST TENN. AND NORTHERN MISS.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT NO. 2,
Tupelo, Miss., June 27, 1862.
Pursuant to the orders of the President I assume the permanent
command of the forces in this department.
The weighty duties, the grave responsibilities of the place, the mo-
mentous issues impending, and my high sense of the eminent capacities
of the distinguished leader and soldier whom I have succeeded make me
accept the position with unfeigned reluctance. Relying, however, on
the justice of the cause of an invaded people, in the zeal and skill of sub-
ordinate officers of all ranks, and confidently depending on the unswerv-
ing bravery, devotion, and individual intelligence of a soldiery fighting
on their own soil, at the very doors of their own homes, in defense of all
worth living for or that has ever inspired men to heroism, I enter hope-
fully on my duties.
But, soldiers, to secure the legitimate results of all your heavy sacri-
fices, which have brought this army together, to infuse that unity and
cohesion essential for a resolute resistance to the wicked invasion of
our country, and to give to serried ranks force, impetus, and direction
for driving the invader beyond our borders, be assured discipline at
all times and obedience to the orders of your officers on all points, as a
sacred duty, an act of patriotism, is of absolute necessity. Without
this spirit the bravest army must sink soon into an armed rabble, as
impotent for defense as of offense. I shall proudly hope to see this spirit
in the brave men of Shiloh and of Elkhorn; hope to see them as soldierly
and obedient to necessary authority as becomes brave men called to
arms to battle for the right to live in independence.
Soldiers, great events are impending; an insolent but wary foe has
invested the seat of your Government. Your brethren of the Armies
of the Potomac and of the Peninsula stand steadfastly to their posts
to meet the desperate conflict which must soon come. I doubt not vic-
tory will be with them. Others of your countrymen, under the lead of
Jackson and Ewell, in the Valley of Virginia, have recently shed im-
perishable renown on our arms, and shown what a small, obedient, dis-
ciplined volunteer army can do.
A few more days of needful preparation and organization and I shall
give your banners to the breeze-shall lead you to emulate the soldiers
of the Confederacy in the East, and with the confident trust that you
will gain additional honors to those you have already won on other
fields. But be prepared to undergo privation and labor with cheerful-
ness and alacrity.
SPECIAL ORDERS, ~ HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT NO. 2,
No. 96. Tupelo, Miss., June 27, 1862.
II. Major-General McCown will repair with all practicable dispatch
with his division of the Army of the West to Chattanooga and report
for duty to Maj. Gen. E. Kirby Smith.
III. The quartermaster's department will make arrangements for the
speedy movement of these troops hence to Mobile, and thence by the
most expeditious route.
By command of General Bragg:
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