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  1. As we know, Van Dorn's Army (recently defeated at Pea Ridge, Arkansas) was "required" to come East, and join with the Army of the Mississippi at Corinth. Very little arrived in time for Shiloh; the following work describes the belated movement east, and participation in the Siege of Corinth, from the Rebel viewpoint: A Southern Record: History of the Third Regiment, Louisiana Infantry by (Major) William H. Tunnard and published at Baton Rouge (1866). Beginning page 161, details of the march via Little Rock, to steamers bound for Memphis, and riding the Memphis & Charleston, arriving at Corinth on May 1st 1862. The reception received, immediate involvement in skirmishing... coupled with news (received May 6th) of the Surrender of New Orleans, followed by terms of enlistment expiring (but the new Conscript Act interfered with plans...) [The 3rd Louisiana and Colonel Hebert later played a significant role at Vicksburg (3rd Louisiana Redan). And there are details "why Southern men admired Ben McCulloch" -- killed at Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas in March 1862.] https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc2.ark:/13960/t8kd1r57h;view=1up;seq=9 History of the 3rd Louisiana Infantry by W. H. Tunnard (1866).
  2. Over at Missouri Digital Heritage, ran across an outstanding journal that records a Rebel soldier's activity from 1860-1863. John M. Weidermeyer was born in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1834, and moved with his family to Missouri when he was five years old, eventually settling in Osceola, less than 20 miles from the border with Kansas. Incensed by outrages of the 'jayhawkers,' (which is why the diary begins in 1860), Weidemeyer organized a troop of cavalry early in 1861 (4th Cavalry Regiment, Missouri State Guard), but it was disbanded a few months later without seeing significant service. Weidemeyer next joined the 4th Infantry Regiment, Missouri State Guard and was elected Captain of Company H. Beginning page 41, (February 18, 1862) Captain Weidemeyer describes the 'difficulty' between General Benjamin McCulloch and General Sterling Price, and their maneuvers that eventually led to the Battle of Pea Ridge March 6-8 (pages 44-46.) Beginning on page 54 (March 30) it is obvious that the Missouri State Guard is marching east to join the Confederate Army of Johnston and Beauregard at Corinth: the distances marched each day; taking the steamer Vicksburg from Helena, Arkansas and arriving at Memphis... ten days after the Battle of Shiloh. Riding the Memphis & Charleston into Corinth (pages 57-8) where the 4th Missouri endured the siege, and was 'reorganized' in accordance with CSA guidelines, to become 6th Missouri Infantry, CSA (losing Missouri State Guard affiliation) and John Weidemeyer was elected Captain of Company K. The evacuation of Corinth was interesting, because it appears the men-in-ranks were not aware they were evacuating: they thought they were being led into a position to 'attack the enemy,' and did not know until they heard their stores exploding behind them 'what was up,' as they marched south to Booneville, and eventually to Baldwyn, Mississippi (page 60.) The journal continues through the Siege of Vicksburg... but you can read that for yourself. Worth a read for learning how the Missouri State Guard fit into the Confederate picture; how keen was the effort to join the Army of the Mississippi at Corinth; and the detailed observations and thoughts, recorded at the time, of a man fighting for the South. http://cdm.sos.mo.gov/cdm/compoundobject/collection/mack/id/7405/rec/44 John M. Weidemeyer's Journal, at Missouri Digital Heritage. Cheers Ozzy
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