will give you back what was abandoned to win it.”
's call for large reenforcements was transmitted by telegraph to the War Department forthwith, and I added, “They cannot be sent from here without giving up Tennessee
On the 2d Bowen
was pressed back through Port Gibson
, but in perfect order; and returned to his post-Grand Gulf
On the 3d, however, finding his position turned, he abandoned it, after spiking his guns and blowing up his magazine, and marched to Hankinson's Ferry, to cross the Big Black there.
, coming to his assistance with a division from Jackson
, by Edwards's Depot
, sent a detachment to hold Grindstone Ford, and turned to join him at the ferry.
All their troops crossed the river that day unmolested, and rejoined General Pemberton
To divert General Pemberton
's attention from his real design, General Grant
had left the Fifteenth Corps and a division at Milliken's Bend
, under General Sherman
, to make a demonstration against Vicksburg
from the side of the Yazoo
This was executed by a slight attack upon Haynes's Bluff on the 30th of April, repeated next morning; after which General Sherman
returned to Milliken's Bend
, and marched from that point to rejoin the army.
The union of the Thirteenth and Seventeenth Corps was completed on the 3d, near Willow Spring
, where they waited for Sherman
's troops until the 8th.
The army then moved forward on two parallel roads, the Thirteenth on one, the Seventeenth on the other, abreast, the Fifteenth following on both; the Thirteenth