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er as often as it was sought to be interrupted, and in hours of extraordinary anxiety and responsibility and care, to afford a solace and a support that were never lacking when the need arose. On the 21st of February, General C. F. Smith, by Grant's direction, took possession of Clarksville, about fifty miles above Fort Donelson, and Grant wrote to Cullum announcing the fact, and proposing the capture of Nashville, but said, I am ready for any move the general commanding may suggest. On the 24th, he reported that Smith was at Clarksville, with four small regiments, and added: I do not purpose send. ing more, until I know the pleasure of General Halleck on the subject. On the 25th, he said: I wrote you that General Nelson's division (of Buell's army), had been sent to Nashville; since then, I have learned that the head of General Buell's column had arrived, on Monday evening. The rebels have fallen back to Chattanooga, instead of to Murfreesboro, as stated in a former letter. I sh
very other soldier, as to the impropriety of intrusting a man like McClernand with important commands, he was, of course, obliged to be subordinate; and, when directed by his superiors, inquired of Grant how many men he had in his department, and what force could be sent down the river to Vicksburg. Grant replied that he had in all seventy-two thousand men, of whom eighteen thousand were at Memphis, and sixteen thousand of these could be spared for the river expedition. He announced, on the 24th, that he had given his orders for the advance of his entire force, including Sherman; had written to Steele, in Arkansas, to threaten Grenada; and had asked Admiral Porter, commanding the Mississippi squadron, to send boats to cooperate at the mouth of the Yazoo. Must I countermand the orders for this move? The reply was: Proposed move approved. Do not go too far. Apparently, Halleck and Grant both strove to expedite the movement, so that, if possible, it might get too far advanced to be
d after the march was once begun, the roads became intolerable. But, on the 29th of April, the entire Thirteenth corps had arrived at Hard Times, ten thousand men having moved from Perkins's plantation on transports. Grant's headquarters, on the 24th, were with the advance. Reconnoissances of the eastern shore had meanwhile been ordered by Grant, and resulted in the discovery that there was but one point between Warrenton and Grand Gulf, where a good road existed from the river to the blufarthage to-night; if it is possible, I will occupy Grand Gulf in four days. On the 18th: I hope very soon to be able to report my possession of Grand Gulf. On the 21st: My force is abundant, with a foothold once attained, to do the work. On the 24th, to Sherman: I foresee great difficulties in our present position, but it will not do to let these retard any movements. Again: Once at Grand Gulf, I do not feel a doubt of success in the entire clearing out of the enemy from the banks of the riv
eir sex or their cloth to shelter them from punishment. Next to them, the politicians, who brought on the war which the people did not desire, were universally inclined to fight with tongue or pen, rather than with more warlike weapons. On the 22d, Grant reported to Halleck his arrival at the Mississippi, and the investment of Vicksburg. In narrating the events of the assault, he said: General McClernand's dispatches misled me as to the facts, and caused much of this loss. He is entirely unfit for the position of corps commander, both on the march and on the battle-field. Looking after his corps gives me more labor and infinitely more uneasiness than all the remainder of my department. On the 24th, also, Grant made his first report of the battle of Champion's hill, which had been fought eight days before. After leaving Jackson, he had no opportunity of communicating with the government until he arrived before Vicksburg; and, since then, he had been too busy to write reports.
he same point. When the regular approaches began, these positions, being favorable, were retained for artillery. McPherson commenced systematic operations on the 24th, by completing these batteries, and preparing the road, so as to allow the yard of a house, near by, to be reached without exposure. This was done by excavating ahe hope of the commander. On the 23d of May, the day after the unsuccessful assault, he said: There is no doubt of the fall of this place, ultimately; and, on the 24th, to Halleck: The enemy are now undoubtedly in our grasp. The fall of Vicksburg, and the capture of most of the garrison, can only be a question of time. Without eft here, in charge of responsible citizens, who pledged themselves that these provisions should be kept sacred to the use of the impoverished inhabitants. On the 24th, he moved to Champion's hill, and on the 25th, recrossed the Big Black river, and once more went into camp near Vicksburg. On the 4th of July, the great mass o
sitive orders for the movement. Smith was instructed to make all necessary arrangements for the expedition which was to effect a lodgment at Brown's ferry. Four thousand men were detailed, and the force to throw the bridge was organized on the 24th, the day of Grant's reconnoissance; the pontoon bridge was ready in two days more; and Smith, meanwhile, examined the ground with hrs brigade commanders, and gave the requisite orders. Eighteen hundred men, under Brigadier-General Hazen, were to l, of the Sixteenth corps. Sherman was also ordered to bring forward the troops at Paducah, and any that could be spared from guarding the line of railroad from Memphis to Corinth: Assign them to strengthen divisions already at the front. On the 24th, the day after he arrived at Chattanooga, Grant telegraphed to Sherman: Drop every thing east of Bear creek, and move with your entire force towards Stevenson, until you receive further orders. The enemy are evidently moving a large force toward
d, unless he could get across by eight o'clock on the morning of the 24th, to report to Hooker, who was instructed, in this event, to attack Lwith thirty armed men each; and at two o'clock on the morning of the 24th, the whole fleet, carrying Giles Smith's brigade, pushed carefully oving done, on the 23d, what Grant had intended should be done on the 24th, was now in advance of the movements of Sherman. Thomas, therefore,ssigned to duty on the left of his line. Thus, on the night of the 24th, the national forces maintained one unbroken line, with open communiperate on the enemy's left and rear. To Wilcox, on the night of the 24th, Grant said: . . . . Fighting has been going on here for two days; u can communicate this fact to him, do so. At half-past 5, on the 24th, Grant telegraphed to Washington: The fight to-day progressed favorawill do all in your power to relieve him. During the night of the 24th, the rebels evacuated Lookout mountain, crossing Chattanooga creek,
of the year, and his men were in better condition and health than when they started from Vicksburg. His losses were twenty-one men killed, sixty-eight wounded, and eighty-one missing. On the 24th of January, Grant got permission to visit St. Louis, where his eldest son was lying dangerously ill. He was directed, however, by the Secretary of War, to retain direct command of all his forces, and communication both with them and with the government, during his absence from the front. On the 24th, he was at Chattanooga, and gave orders to Thomas, and to Logan, who was at Scottsboro, Alabama, to keep up a threatened advance on Rome, with the view of detaining as large a force of the enemy as possible in their fronts, and thus favor the operations of Sherman. It is not expected to move forward at this time, but the movements of the enemy might change this.. . . . To Logan he said: Should General Thomas inform you, at any time, that he is going to make a reconnoissance to the front, and
West is now at Warrenton, with the rebel flag flying. Distant firing was heard, lasting from four P. M. yesterday until one this morning. It is supposed to have been between the Queen and Indianola. Apprehension is felt for the safety of the Indianola. General Grant to General Halleck.—(Cipher telegram.) Young's point, La., February 27, 1863. News is just received that the Queen of the West and Webb attacked the Indianola about thirty-five miles below Vicksburg, on the night of the 24th, and, after an engagement of about forty minutes, captured her, with the most of her crew. It is said the Indianola afterwards sunk. General Grant to General Halleck.—(Cipher telegram.) before Vicksburg, March 2, 1863. I have received no forces from the Department of the Missouri, except those at Helena. Are any more to come? General Halleck to General Grant.—(Cipher telegram.) Washington, 2 P. M., March 5, 1863. It is of great importance to your command that transports be ret<