, on the Yazoo, returned to Milliken's Bend and proceeded to the main body.
On the 8th, the three corps met at Willow Spring, where McClernand and McPherson (commanding the Seventeenth Corps) had been waiting since the 3d.
On the same day they advanced, on parallel roads, northeast; but the Thirteenth shortly turned off toward Edwards' Depot; while the Seventeenth, followed by the Fifteenth, kept their faces toward Jackson.
The latter column, on the 12th, encountered the single brigade of Gregg at Raymond and drove it away — not till after a stout resistance.
McPherson then moved on Clinton-a station on the railroad ten miles west of Jackson-interposing between Vicksburg and General Joseph E. Johnston (who had arrived in Jackson on the 13th and assumed command), and breaking the line of Confederate coummunications.
Prior to his departure from Tullahoma for the scene of war, General Johnston had sent an order to General Pemberton in these words: If Grant's army crosses [the Mi