uld be reinforced.
The gunboat fleet which accompanied the transports bearing Sherman's army, and including them, made up the large number of about 120 river boats.
It looked as if the city could not escape this time, as these two large armies moved from different directions, co-operating with each other, and toward Vicksburg as the objective point.
But the compaign was a short and decisive one, and both movements were defeated.
Before Sherman started the Confederate cavalry, under General Forest, about December 11th, destroyed sixty miles of railroad between Jackson, Tenn., and Columbus, Ky., and soon after Sherman left Memphis the Confederate cavalry, under General Van, Dorn, dashed around the flank of Grant's army, attacked and seized his depot of supplies for his army at Holly Springs, burned them up or utterly destroyed them (December 20th), necessitating the falling back of Grant's army to Memphis for supplies.
Sherman appeared in the Yazoo river on