HDQRS. RUGGLES' DIV., SECOND CORPS, ARMY OF THE
Corinth, April 3, 1862.
I. In accordance with instructions from headquarters Second Corps, Army of the Mississippi, the Second and Third Brigades of this division will prepare for a move early to-morrow morning (6 a. m.), taking five days' cooked rations (three in haversacks, two in wagons) and 100 rounds of ammunition for each man and 200 rounds for each piece of artillery. Two tents will be allowed each company.
By command of Brigadier-General Ruggles:
R. M. HOOE,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Corinth, Miss., April 3, 1862.
Soldiers of the Army of the Mississippi:
I have put you in motion to offer battle to the invaders of your country. With the resolution and disciplined valor becoming men fighting, as you are, for all worth living or dying for, you can but march to a decisive victory over the agrarian mercenaries sent to subjugate and despoil you of your liberties, property, and honor. Remember the precious stake involved; remember the dependence of your mothers, your wives, your sisters, and your children on the result; remember the fair, broad, abounding land, the happy homes, and the ties that would be desolated by your defeat.
The eyes and the hopes of eight millions of people rest upon you. You are expected to show yourselves worthy of your race and lineage; worthy of the women of the South, whose noble devotion in this war has never been exceeded in any time. With such incentives to brave deeds and with the trust that God is with us, your general will lead you confidently to be combat, assured of success.
A. S. JOHNSTON,
HDQRS. ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Corinth, Miss., April 3, 1862.
I. Lieutenant Colonel R. B. Lee, having reported for duty as chief of the subsistence department with this army, will enter at once upon his duties, with full authority to use all necessary means to meet the exigencies of the service.
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By command of General A. S. Johnston:
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF EAST TENNESSEE, Knoxville, April 3, 1862.
Major T. A. WASHINGTON,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Richmond, Va.:
MAJOR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter
of the 31st ultimo.