insburg and come up without stopping, except to get two days rations.
McPherson still had one division west of the Mississippi River guarding the road from Milliken's Bend to the river below until Sherman's command should relieve it.
When the moands; 250 miles of the river, from Vicksburg to Port Hudson, had become ours.
The Union force that had crossed the Mississippi River up to this time was less than 43,000 men. One division of these — Blair's — only arrived in time to take part in thpatch.
The ground about Vicksburg is admirable for defense.
On the north it is about two hundred feet above the Mississippi River at the highest point, and very much cut up by the washing rains; the ravines were grown up with cane and underbrushaying I would send him all the troops he wanted to insure the capture of the only foothold the enemy now had on the Mississippi River. General Banks had a number of copies of this letter printed, or at least a synopsis of it, and very soon a copy fe