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they fought the batteries for two hours and a half, more than twice as long as was required, and with what success will be seen from the following letter of General McArthur.
Headquarters, 6Th Division, 17Th Army Corps, In Field Near Vicksburg, Miss., May 23, 1863.
Admiral — I received your communication with regard to ss position; at any rate I will try. . . . . . . . . . . . .
I am, your obedient servant, I. Mcarthur, Brig.-Gen. Com'ding 6th Division, 17th Corps.
Had Gen. McArthur been let alone, and not been prevented from occupying the works from which the Navy had driven the Confederates, he would have kept possession of every fort ont fire from the Army and Navy guns in the rear was kept up, day and night, and a 6-inch rifle battery taken from the gun-boats was served with great skill by General McArthur on the left flank.
General Mc-Pherson had blown up what was called the citadel of the Confederate works, and mounted on the debris four 9-inch guns from the