550 lottigANA AND TRAT4s-MISSISSIPPI. [CHAP. xLVt.
ITEAM/A.RTERS TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT,
Camden, Ark., May 4, 1864.
Soldiers of the Trans-Mississippi Department
The campaign inaugurated at Mansfield on the day of national fast
and supplication has, under Providence, been etowned with most
glorious and brilliant successes. You have defeated a foe three times
your own. The fields of Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, Cloutierville,
Poison Springs, Marks' Mills, and Jenkins' Ferry attest your devotion.
Eight thousand killed and wounded, 6,000 prisoners, 34 pieces of
artillery, 1,200 wagons, 1 gun-boat, and 3 transports are already the
fruits of your victories. The path of glory is still open to you;
permanent security to your homes before you. Call together your
comrades, and shoulder to shoulder we will yet free the soil of our
beloved country from the invader's footsteps. Soldiers of Arkansas,
'Missouri, Texas, and Louisiana, you have the thanks of a grateful
people. Your living will be respected ; your dead honored and re-
E. KIRBY SMITH,
Narrative of Lieut. Edward Cunningham, Aide-de-Camp and Chief
SHREVEPORT, LA., June 27, 1864.
MY DEAR UNCLE : I stated in My letter to you, written about two
weeks since, that I would inclose some orders and an address from
General Taylor to his troops. I neglected to do so at that time, but
send them now. General Taylor has been relieved from the com-
mand of the District of West Louisiana and ordered to Natchitoches,
there to await the pleasure of the President. The circumstances
under which he was relieved it is not my business to tell. All that
is generally known is that General Taylor requested to be relieved.
I do not wish to be regarded as writing in a mischief-making or
partisan spirit. An effort will very probably be made by General
'Taylor's friends at Richmond to excite dissatisfaction against Gen-
eral Smith, or even to have him relieved from command. As they
will no doubt take issue on the conduct of the campaign, rather than
directly upon any point of difference which may exist between Gen-
eral Smith and General Taylor, I shall endeavor to give you an ac-
eount of the course of events, together with the reasons, as far as I
-understand them, for which the principal movements of troops were
made. This explanation may enable you to appreciate correctly any
discussions of this subject which may come under your notice. Here
let me say you cannot depend upon the truth of many statements
you may hear. General Taylor's friends will doubtless get their
information from him and those around him here, among whom
there is a disposition to criticise, misrepresent, and condemn every-
thing done by or connected with General Smith. General Taylor is
a very bad man. You understand that I speak deliberately senti-
* This document was captured in transitu and was forwarded to the 13. S. War
Department by General Canby.