As soon as these orders had been given, he set off for Mississippi
, desiring me to accompany him.
He arrived in Jackson
in the morning of the 19th. Governor Pettus
had just convened the Legislature, in order that the whole military force of the State
might be brought out and added to the Confederate forces under Lieutenant-General Pemberton
, which were utterly inadequate to the defense of the State
, or to hold the Mississippi River
On the 20th, he went to Vicksburg
, and was occupied there two days in examining the extensive but very slight intrenchments of the place.
The usual error of Confederate engineering had been committed there.
An immense intrenched camp, requiring an army to hold it, had been made instead of a fort requiring only a small garrison.
In like manner the water-batteries had been planned to prevent the bombardment of the town, instead of to close the navigation of the river to the enemy; consequently the small number of heavy guns had been distributed along a front of two miles, instead of being so placed that their fire might be concentrated on a single vessel.
As attack was supposed to be imminent, such errors could not be corrected.
It was reported in Vicksburg
, the day of the President
's arrival, that a division of General Holmes
's army, of ten thousand men, was approaching from Little Rock
According to the estimate of Major-General M. L. Smith
, a garrison of twelve thousand men was necessary to hold the place.
He then had about half the number.
From a map of Port Hudson
which he showed me, that place seemed