to require a force almost as great to defend it. I therefore proposed to the President
that General Holmes
should be instructed to send twenty thousand of his troops to Mississippi
, instead of the ten thousand supposed to be on the way, because such an additional force would have enabled us to put adequate garrisons into Vicksburg
and Port Hudson
, by which we held the part of the Mississippi
between them, and to oppose General Grant
with an active force of forty thousand men. In writing to the President
on this subject, however, I expressed again the opinion that Holmes
's and Pemberton
's troops should be concentrated in Mississippi
The President suggested to General Holmes
, but did not order
him, to send the twenty thousand men asked for. General Holmes
, very properly, waited for orders.
visited Lieutenant-General Pemberton
's army, near Grenada
, where it was constructing intrenchments to contest the passage of the Yallabusha River
by the Federal
The front was so extensive, however, that it is probably fortunate that the practicability of defending it was never tested.
In conversing before the President
in relation to the defense of his department, Lieutenant-General Pemberton
and myself differed widely as to the mode of warfare best adapted to our circumstances.
On the 25th the President
returned to Jackson
, accompanied b1y Lieutenant-General Pemberton
as well as myself.
On the 27th Major-General Loring
, who was commanding at Grenada
, reported that General Grant