es had concealed their real plans with skill.
They had sent Longstreet with a formidable corps of veteran infantry from Virginia to reinforce Bragg,
The earliest notice of this movement received by the government was from General Meade, September 14, 1863.
See Official Records, Serial No. 50, p. 35. and had gathered from Alabama and Mississippi all the detachments and garrisons they could replace by calling back to the colors the men Pemberton had surrendered and Grant had paroled at Vicksbessee.
To meet this danger Dana made haste, September 14th, to bring it to the attention of the Secretary of War and to urge him to push as strong a column as possible eastward from Corinth, in northeastern Mississippi.
Dana to Stanton, September 14, 1863. This was in Grant's department, and the railroad running east from Memphis was in his possession, but it was too late to meet the emergency.
Grant's troops were too much scattered; shortly after the fall of Vicksburg Grant himself had gon