The southwestern campaign -- Letter of General Dodge to his father [on the battle of Pea Ridge] -- The battle of Atlanta -- Letter to General Raum [correcting some statements in his description of the battle of Atlanta] -- The Indian campaigns of 1864-65 -- The Indian campaigns of 1865-66 -- Campaign up the Tennessee River valley -- The Army of the Tennessee -- The campaign in the West -- A talk to old comrades -- General Grant -- Use of block-houses during the Civil War -- An incident of the war [execution of the Confederate spy, Samuel Davis] -- Gen. G.M. Dodge on the water cure -- Misplaced sympathy.
oubt he would have done if he could have moved there and held his position.
General Halleck's plan evidently was to move a body from Rolla directly on Springfield, with the intention of striking and defeating Price before Price could receive reinforcements, but Halleck had a great disinclination to move until he had organized the forces in the State of Missouri into Brigades and Divisions, had them properly mustered and officered, and had his staff departments so arranged that they could be depended upon to take care of any moving column. This disinclination of Halleck to move carried us on to the first of January.
In December General Siegel was given command of the troops at Rolla, and Captain Phil Sheridan was sent there as Quartermaster for that Army. His ability and foresight in organizing the transportation of an Army, feeding it, and fitting it for a campaign, was shown every day.
On December 26th General Halleck assigned General S. R. Curtis to the command of the District of Southw