hope, he telegraphed to the rebel president that it was impossible to stand a siege.
If the enemy will not attack, we must, or, at the last moment, withdraw.
We cannot attack seriously without risking the army.
Brisk skirmishing and light cannonading continued for several days; and on the 12th, an affair occurred in which Lauman's division only was engaged; it resulted in the loss of nearly five hundred men to Sherman, and was occasioned by Lauman's misinterpretation of his orders.
On the 13th, both flanks of the army extended to the Pearl river, and Sherman sent back for ammunition for a siege.
On the 12th and 13th, three thousand rounds of ammunition were thrown into Jackson, and on the 14th, Johnston telegraphed that he should be compelled to abandon the place.
It would be madness to attack.
Meanwhile, Sherman sent out expeditions to the right and left, destroying the railroads in every direction—cars, locomotives, turn-tables, and shops, as well as tracks and bridges—and d