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Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Battle of Black River Bridge-crossing the Big Black-investment of Vicksburg-assaulting the works (search)
s to Pemberton. Sherman left Jackson with the last of his troops about noon on the 16th and reached Bolton, twenty miles west, before halting. His rear guard did not get in until two A. M. the 17th, but renewed their march by daylight. He paroled his prisoners at Jackson, and was forced to leave his own wounded in care of surgeons and attendants. At Bolton he was informed of our victory. He was directed to commence the march early next day, and to diverge from the road he was on to Bridgeport on the Big Black River, some eleven miles above the point where we expected to find the enemy. Blair was ordered to join him there with the pontoon train as early as possible. This movement brought Sherman's corps together, and at a point where I hoped a crossing of the Big Black might be effected and Sherman's corps used to flank the enemy out of his position in our front, thus opening a crossing for the remainder of the army. I informed him that I would endeavor to hold the enemy i
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Siege of Vicksburg (search)
leven thousand; at Champion's Hill, twenty-five thousand; at the Big Black, four thousand. A part of those met at Jackson were all that was left of those encountered at Raymond. They were beaten in detail by a force smaller than their own, upon their own ground. Our loss up to this time was: AtKilledWoundedMissing Port Gibson13171925 South Fork Bayou Pierre..1 Skirmishes, May319 Fourteen Mile Creek624[7] Raymond6633937 Jackson422517 Champion's Hill4101,844187 Big Black392373 Bridgeport..1 Total6953,425[266] Of the wounded many were but slightly so, and continued on duty. Not half of them were disabled for any length of time. After the unsuccessful assault of the 22d the work of the regular siege began. Sherman occupied the right starting from the river above Vicksburg, McPherson the centre (McArthur's division now with him) and McClernand the left, holding the road south to Warrenton. Lauman's division arrived at this time and was placed on the extreme left
242 wounded. But the bridges were of course burned by the fugitives; and the deep river, with its forest-covered western bluff lined with sharp-shooters, baffled our advance for hours. Our only pontoon train was with Sherman, now on his way to Bridgeport, several miles farther up; and our attempts to force a passage, under cover of a fire of artillery, were baffled until after dark; when the Rebels, aware that they would be flanked if they attempted to remain here, fell back to the friendly sheVicksburg. Floating bridges having been constructed here and three miles above, during the night, the passage of both McClernand's and McPherson's corps commenced at 8 A. M.; May 18. Gen. Sherman crossing simultaneously on his pontoons at Bridgeport, and pressing on to within 3 1/2 miles of Vicksburg; when, turning to the right, lie took possession, unopposed, of Walnut Hills and the banks of the Yazoo adjacent. McPherson, striking into Sherman's road, followed it to the point where the l
Capt. Calvin D. Cowles , 23d U. S. Infantry, Major George B. Davis , U. S. Army, Leslie J. Perry, Joseph W. Kirkley, The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War, Index. (search)
3, 8; 54, 1 Brazos Santiago, Tex. 43, 8; 54, 1; 65, 10 Breaux Bridge, La. 156, C4 Fort Breckinridge, Ariz. Ter. 171 Brentsville, Va. 22, 5, 22, 7; 45, 6; 86, 14; 100, 1; 117, 1; 135-A; 137, B7 Brentwood, Tenn. 24, 3; 30, 2; 73, 1; 117, 1; 135-A; 150, H5 Brice's Cross-Roads, Miss.: Roads and adjacent country 63, 3 Bridgeport, Ala. 24, 3; 35, 5; 48, 1; 61, 9; 76, 1; 80, 12; 112, 1; 117, 1; 118, 1; 135-A; 148, F5; 149, D9 Defenses 112, 1 Bridgeport, Miss. 36, 1; 51, 1; 71, 15; 155, C8, 155, E10 Bridgeport, Ohio 140, B10 Bridgeport, W. Va. 140, E11 Bridges: Appomattox River, Va. 124, 7 Canvas pontoon boats, etc. 106, 1 James River, Va. 68, 6; 76, 6; 125, 11 Tennessee River, Tenn. 123, 2 Bridgewater, Va. 81, 4; 85, 1; 94, 2; 116, 4; 135, 3 Skirmish, Oct. 4-5 [2?], 1864 82, 12 Bristoe (Va.) Campaign, Oct. 9-22, 1863: Bristoe Station, Oct. 14, 1863 45, 7 Position, lines, and m
0, 289, 320, 322, 326, 332, 338, 340, 342; IV., 144; V., 46; VI., 226; VIII., 297; X., 251, 270. Breen, R. B., X., 2. Breese, R. K., VI., 257. Brent, J. L., X., 4. Brentwood, Tenn., II., 332. Brevard, T. W., X., 261. Brice's Cross roads, Guntown, Miss. , III., 324. Brickell, W., New Orleans, La., VII., 246. Bridgeford, D. B., X., 103. Bridgeport, Ala.: I., 362; II., 177, 269, 272, 274, 275, 290, 296. IV., 162; bridge at, V., 295. Bridgeport, Miss., II., 191. Bridgeport, Tenn., VI., 233. Bridges: across Armstrong Run, Va., I., 121; building and repairing by the construction corps an important element in warfare, II., 104, 105; trestle, four-tier, completed in 1863, II., 317; bridge building while you wait, V., 281; pontoon across James River, Va., V., 236. Brigham, J. A., VII., 297. Brinker,, U. S. S., I., 356. Bristoe campaign Iv., 92, 96, 100. Bristoe Station, Va.: II., 41, 344, 345; III.,