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onor himself. If self-defence is the first law of nature, it is not first in military ethics. Burn, steal, rob, ravish, murder, and military priests will grant you absolution in the form of a parable. But now for facts. Grant entered Jackson, after slight skirmishing, last Friday, burnt the Confederate house, the depots, the Penitentiary, the factories, a block of buildings next below the Capitol Square, evacuated it after two days stay, and marched towards Vicksburg. --I fear we shall lose Vicksburg and Mississippi. Pemberton will surrender, if Mississippi won't. [It is to be hoped not.] Johnston is working hard to organize a force to succor Vicksburg. We have no communication with that town. Grant has the railroad, and some say he is in Vicksburg. Jackson will henceforth be fortified and made the rendezvous for our troops. The commissaries, etc., are ordered back, which is a sign. I have heard of no cotton destroyed. The Yankees collect invoices for future delivery.
ed 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, extending from some distance this side of Big Black river to Warrenton, 12 miles below Vicksburg. Thirdly, it is certain that General Johnston, with the commands of Gens. Bowen and Gregg, retreated from Jackson up the Canten road, expecting to be reinforced by troops arriving via Meridian, and at the same time to communicate and co-operate with Gen. Pemberton about Vicksburg. Fourthly, it is certain that Vicksburg, strongly fortified and defended by thirty to fifty thousand troops, and having supplies for six months, is prepared to resist a most strong and protracted siege. These are the facts; now let us cursorily c
Latest from the North. Confused Dispatches from Vicksburg — all going well-grant Refuses to allow Pemberton to surrender!!!--a council of war in Washington, &c. [from our own correspondent.] Fredericksburg, May 31. --I have reCairo yesterday. Rumors, without confirmation, from Murfreesboro', state that Vicksburg had fallen on Sunday, and that Pemberton had got his army away safely, losing all his artillery.--Another dispatch from Chicago says that on Friday morning last Pemberton sent a flag of truce to Gran', offering to surrender Vicksburg if Grant would allow the rebels to lay down their arms and march out, and that the offer was refused. The tone of Southern journals in regard to Vicksburg is not very cheerfure confident than it was a few days ago, Bragg and Rosecrans, they say, are probably both sending off reinforcements to Pemberton and Grant. A rebel admission that Bragg was sending his troops towards Vicksburg. Richmond papers, of the 25th, h