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The Daily Dispatch: August 5, 1863., [Electronic resource], Recollections of the surrender of Vicksburg. (search)
story: To our friends in Vicksburg! June 28th, 1863 --Cave in, boys, and save your lives, which are considered of no value by your officers. There is no hope for relief for you. Sherman with sixty thousand men is chasing Joe Johnston. Grant with ninety thousand men envirous Vicksburg. You can't escape in these boats, that game is blocked on you. The twelve thousand men under McCulinch, on whom you depend to help you out, are retreating back to Harrisburg, well whipped; even Col. H.Every store was broken open and sacked, and nothing of value to them being found, they manifested their vandalism by destroying, everything that came in their way. After the town had been sacked, the people robbed and plundered of everything, General Grant issued an order prohibiting interference with private property; but this did not prevent a cavalry company from encamping in one of the handsomest gardens, where the fruit and vegetables were just beginning to mature. One of their first
From Mississippi Morton, Miss., Aug. 1. --A large number of the chiefs and braves of the Choctaw tribe passed through here yesterday on the way to visit the Great Father at Richmond. Grant has established a garrison of about 3,000 men at Natchez. Wirt Adams's scouts bring intelligence that Banks attacked Dick Taylor at Donaldsonville on the 23d ult, and was defeated, with a loss of 6,000, including 4,000 prisoners; and that Taylor's and Magruder's forces have since united on the Teche river, which, if true, will enable Taylor to place in position the seige guns captured at Thibodaux, and blockade the river below. [Second Despatch] Morton, Aug. 3 --The latest advices from the Mississippi river represent the river as swarming with gunboats and transports above Vicksburg. Eight gunboats and ten transports were counted between Vicksburg and Natchez last Friday. This does not prevent communication with the trans Mississippi Department. Accounts from that