OPERATIONS IN MISSISSIPPI—JULY TO DECEMBER, 1863—SIEGE OF JACKSON—MINOR OPERATIONS IN THE STATE—SERVICE OF MISSISSIPPIANS OUTSIDE THE STATE—BATTLE OF CHICKAMAUGA—KNOXVILLE—CHANCELLORSVILLE— MISSIONARY RIDGE—RINGGOLD—GETTYSBURG.
THE return of the army which General Johnston had collected at Jackson for June 25th shows the following organization:
Division of Maj.-Gen. John C. Breckinridge—brigades of D. W. Adams, Helm and Stovall, aggregate present, 6,884. Division of Maj.-Gen. S. G. French—brigades of N. G. Evans, McNair and Maxey, aggregate present, 7,466. Division of Maj.-Gen. W. W. Loring—brigades of John Adams, Buford, and Featherston, aggregate present, 7,427. Division of Maj.-Gen. W. H. T. Walker—brigades of Ector, Gist, Gregg and Wilson, aggregate present, 9,571. Cavalry division, Brig.-Gen. W. H. Jackson—brigades of Cosby and Whitfield, aggregate present, 4,373. Camp of direction, 247; reserve artillery, 294. Grand aggregate present was reported at 36,315; effective total, 28,154.
Breckinridge’s division was ordered forward to Clinton from Jackson, June 30th, and on the evening of July 1st Johnston's army encamped between Brownsville and the Yazoo river, Col. Wirt Adams, reconnoitering near Edwards, reported that the Federal line was weakest south of the railroad, and that the Federal army was suffering greatly from disease, and quite discouraged by its heavy losses. "Many citizens," he said, "express the confident belief that the climate alone will cause them to