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John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 13: Vicksburg campaign (search)
his base and depend upon the country for meat and even for bread. Beef cattle and corn are both abundant everywhere. . . . General Grant is of the opinion that Pemberton will endeavor to bring on the decisive battle within the next ten days. At one o'clock of the 4th Grant left for Hankinson's Ferry, but Dana tarried a while sburg was occupied and broken, the decisive victory at Baker's Creek, or Champion's Hill, was gained, the passage of the Big Black was forced, and the remnant of Pemberton's army was driven into Vicksburg, where it was closely besieged, and finally forced to surrender. During the whole of this time Dana acted as aide-de-camp, andatter became President of the United States. It was also at Jackson that Grant learned that Johnston, the Confederate generalissimo in that quarter, had ordered Pemberton to march out from Vicksburg and attack him in the rear. This new but not unexpected condition of affairs necessitated rapid marches and hard-fought battles, in
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 14: siege and capture of Vicksburg (search)
lly patrolled by both the navy and the army. Every possible road and path was closed and watched, and the city was completely isolated. Neither supplies nor reinforcements could reach the garrison, and it was with the greatest difficulty that even the most daring and hardy messenger could get out of it. The enemy's effective strength was estimated at about twenty-five thousand, though counting the non-combatants it approximated thirty thousand men, under the immediate command of Lieutenant-General Pemberton. Johnston, with headquarters at Jackson, was at the same time in chief command of all the Confederate forces in that quarter. He was exerting himself to the utmost to gather an army with which to attack Grant in the rear while the garrison should make a sortie and attack him in front. This imposed double work on the National forces, and as the weather was both hot and dry and the labor incessant, it became necessary at once to reinforce Grant heavily by drawing troops from eve
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Index (search)
1. Osterhaus, General, 246. Overland campaign, Grant's, 316, et seq. Owen, General, 329. P. Pacific Railroad, 97, 103-105, 111, 120, 150. Paducah, 351. Paine, Anne, 1. Palma, 499. Palmer, Colonel, 264. Pamunkey, 321, 325. Panic, October, 1857, 48, 58. Paris, Dana in, 64, 65, 67, 68, 70; leaves, 83; returns to, 86, 91, 93, 136, 398. Parke, General, 287. Parker, Ely S., 4, 278. Parker, Theodore, 453. Parnell, 475. Patriot War, 8. Pearl River, 250. Pemberton, General, 220, 221, 223, 228, 255. Pendleton, George H. 390. People's Bank, 95. Perkins's Landing, 211. Perry, Commodore, 123, 132. Personal journalism, 430. Petersburg, 326, 329, 330, 332-334, 338, 339, 356. Phalanstery, 44, 48, 58. Phalanx, 43, 45. Phelps, Minister, 475. Philadelphia, 295, 296. Philadelphia-American, 62. Pierce, President, 126, 136, 137, 142. Pillsbury, Parker, 149. Pike, James, 116, 123; Campaign life of General Scott, 123. Piney Branch Churc