was weakened by the disasters at Baker's Creek
and the Big Black, the loss of Vicksburg
, and capture of its brave garrison.
These disasters were caused by the hesitation of the Government
to reinforce the Army of the Mississippi.
About eighteen thousand men were sent to it from Beauregard
's and Bragg
's departments between the 12th and the end of May.
This could have been done as easily between the middle of April, when General Grant
's plan became distinctly known, and the 1st of May, when he crossed the Mississippi
With such an addition to his strength, General Pemberton
would certainly have enabled Bowen
to meet McClernand
's corps, near Bruinsburg
, with a superior force, and probably decide the campaign by defeating it.
The only proper measures in my power were taken to rebuild the railroad and bridge at Jackson
, after their destruction by the Federal
army in July.
As many laborers, wagons, and teams, as the engineers of the railroad companies required, were impressed for their use. It was with such assistance that one company repaired its road and the other was repairing its bridge, after.their destruction in May by General Grant
As that course was not disapproved in the first case, it was reasonable to follow it in the second; especially as we had not seen Confederate troops employed on such work.
The rolling-stock of the Mississippi Central Railroad Company, referred to, was destroyed partly in Grenada
by a Federal raiding-party, and partly at different places near the railroad, by a brigade of Confederate cavalry sent to protect it; but enough