Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Mississippi River” in chapter 125, page 484 of Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8.:

...confederate army, it being impossible longer to manoeuvre or subsist an army there without posession of the river. Cavalry may sweep down or across the State, but with all the strongholds along the Mississippi River , we hold military control of the entire State, effectively and effectually. When the news was brought in to Sherman, that the rebels had abandoned Meridian without a blow, and that the destructio...
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