should have known that land and water were tangled in such a chaos here that the first chapter of Genesis alone could have straightened them for an army.
One sentence from Porter
's report of the Yazoo
Pass attempt, and what the gunboats had to do in the narrow channels that enmeshed them with vegetation, draws the whole picture of this winter without need of further comment: “I never yet saw vessels so well adapted to knocking down trees, hauling them up by the roots, or demolishing bridges.”
Yet, perhaps, Grant
knew all this very well.
His troops were in a wretched watery camp opposite Vicksburg
Disease had heavily visited them.
The graves of their late comrades
were forever in their sight on the narrow levee.
Moreover, the country clamoured for results; and enemies, both military and civil, were pressing Lincoln
It is recorded that General Thomas