e 26th, to the mouth of the Yazoo, and up that river to Johnson's plantation, thirteen miles, and there disembarked — Steele's division above the mouth of Chickasaw Bayou, Morgan's division near the house of Johnson (which had been burned by the gunboats on a former occasion), and M. L. Smith's just below.
A. J. Smith's division arrived the next night, and disembarked below that of M. L. Smith.
The place of our disembarkation was in fact an island, separated from the high bluff known as Walnut Hills, on which the town of Vicksburg stands, by a broad and shallow bayou — evidently an old channel of the Yazoo.
On our right was another wide bayou, known as Old River; and on the left still another, much narrower, but too deep to be forded, known as Chickasaw Bayou.
All the island was densely wooded, except Johnson's plantation, immediately on the bank of the Yazoo, and a series of old cotton-fields along Chickasaw Bayou.
There was a road from Johnson's plantation directly to Vicksburg,