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t's movement against the rear of Vicksburg:
Let us view stern facts and deduct our own conclusions as to the final termination of affairs about Vicksburg and Jackson.
First, then, it is a fact that Grant's army, from thirty to fifty thousand strong, have repulsed us at Grand Gulf, and forced their way through our lines, repulsing us still at every intermediate point at which we offered resistance, and reached and captured Jackson.
Secondly, it is certain that our forces under Gens. Stevenson, Loring, Walker, Tilghman and Lee--Gen. Pemberton being chief in command — with, I will say, 15,000 to 20,000 men, occupy a line between Jackson and Grand Gulf, e These are the facts; now let us cursorily consider them.
It is evident that the enemy designs the reduction of Vicksburg, and expects to accomplish it by taking Jackson, and thus cutting off our chief means of supplies and reinforcements.
But Vicksburg is provided for a six months siege, while the enemy is not. Moreover, he is i