May 20, 1862: Beauregard plans a counterattack

P.G.T. Beauregard

Beauregard, in a pencil-written note, lays out a plan for a sortie to disrupt the siege of Corinth. I can’t find any evidence that this plan was ever put into action, though. Within ten days they’d abandon the town.

From the Official Record:

CORINTH MISS., May 20, 1862.*

1st. My headquarters along the upper Farmington road.

2nd. Bragg and Van Dorn to join forces at Farmington and pursue the enemy hotly on road to Monterey and Purdy.

3d. Hardee to guard the crossings of Seven Mile Creek and then cross; to follow Pope should he retire in the direction of the Farmington and Monterey road, and to attack him in rear before he effects a junction with Buell.

4th. Polk and Breckinridge to advance from the left of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad to take position parallel to the latter, between it and the Purdy road, to await orders: then to move rapidly toward the Farmington and Purdy road, to take the enemy in flank and rear, Breckinridge guarding the left flank and rear of Polk from an attack in the direction of Purdy.

5th. The cavalry to cut down stragglers. Wirt Adams to report to Polk,

—— to Van Dorn, and ——- to Bragg.

*In pencil and unsigned, but believed to be in General Beauregard’s handwriting

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