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Object Name Letter
Catalog Number CML-JEJ.13
Date June 27, 1864
Scope & Content General Joseph E. Johnston to Colonel [-------], June 27, 1864

Physical Appearance: June 27, 1864 - J[oseph] E[ggleston] J[ohnston] near Marietta, [Georgia], to Colonel [unidentified] - Encloses copies of two telegrams that he has received. Instructs him to give the telegrams to Gen[era]l Wigfall and suggest that "the troops threatening Mississippi must have come from Louisiana & Gen[era]l Kirby Smith has no enemy in his department that he be directed to help Major Gen[era]l S[tephen] D. Lee. Notes unusual amount activity around Marietta this day - two small attacks on Hardee, several skirmishes, and cannonading. Signed "J. E. J"

A green label is attached to the bottom and reads, "Loaned by the / Southern Historical Society / 1897."

<<>> May [sic, June] 27, 1864 - Copy of telegram from S[amuel] Cooper, A[djutant] & I[nspector] General, Richmond, [Virginia], to General J[oseph] E[ggleston] Johnston - Sends transcript of a dispatch from Major General S[tephen] D[ill] Lee at Meridian, Miss[issippi], to Cooper, dated June 22, 1864. Lee estimates an enemy force of 20,000 from Memphis, [Tennessee] to attack him. States he only has about 9,000 cavalry to meet the enemy, as he has dispatched General Pillow and 15,000 men to assist General [Joseph Eggleston] Johnston by striking the railroad between Dalton and [Union General William T.] Sherman's rear. Cooper then includes President Davis' endorsement of Lee's dispatch, dated June 23, 1864. Davis notes that General Polks' infantry was all that was authorized to aid Johnston on the "supposition" that Johnston's forces would meet and defeat the enemy forces at Dalton, not retreat down into Georgia and leave the area of Alabama & Mississipp open to attack. Davis wants Pillow and Roddy's commands to stay with General S[tephen] D[ill] Lee and admonishes Johnston that the "draft upon the Dep[artmen]t of Ala[bama], Miss[issippi] & East L[ouisiana] have been already to great." Cooper concludes by requesting Johnston to consider the telegram and endorsement and "give the necessary orders to carry out promptly the views of the President" as expressed. (Signed) S[amuel] Cooper, A[djutant] & I[nspector] Gen[era]l. 2 pp.
Creator Johnston, Joseph Eggleston
Archival History Cooper's letter to Johnston was formerly located in the MC 3 Virginia Room papers.
People Cooper, Samuel
Davis, Jefferson
Lee, Stephen Dill
Pillow, Gideon Johnson
Sherman, William Tecumseh
Smith, Kirby
Wigfall, Louis Trezevant
Search Terms Alabama
Dalton, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Memphis, Tennessee
Southern Historical Society
Subjects Military intelligence
Military maneuvers
Military reconnaissance
Military tactics
Troop movements