body of several thousand Federal troops, near Chickasaw Bayou
, where Brigadier-General S. D. Lee
That gallant soldier was successful in defeating the attempt with his brigade, inflicting a loss of eleven hundred upon the enemy, while his own was but a hundred and fifty.
On the 2d of January General Sherman
reembarked and ran up to Milliken's Bend
His fleet of transports disappeared soon after.
was thus apparently free from invasion, General Grant
's forces having already reached the northern border of the State
The condition of the country was such, too, as to make military operations on a large scale in it impracticable; and the most intelligent class of the inhabitants supposed that it would remain in that condition until the middle of the spring.
, on the contrary, after the most effective fighting made by either party up to that time, our army had lost much ground, and was in danger of further disaster.
For, while the United States Government was sending such reinforcements as reestablished the strength of its army, the Confederate
War Department made no answer to General Bragg
's calls for twenty thousand additional troops, which he required, he said, to enable him to hold the southern part of Middle Tennessee
, which was still in his possession.
At this time Lieutenant-General Pemberton
had some six thousand cavalry near Grenada
, unemployed, and almost unorganized.
Under the circumstances described, Major-General Van Dorn
was directed to form a division of two-thirds of these troops, and to move into Tennessee
, after preparing