- Start for Mississippi. -- dispatch from General Pemberton. -- arrival at Jackson. -- movements of the enemy. -- orders to General Pemberton. -- battle of Baker's Creek. -- retreat of General Pemberton across the Big Black to Vicksburg. -- letter from General Pemberton. -- order him to evacuate Vicksburg. -- investment of Vicksburg by the enemy. -- Port Hudson invested. -- siege of Vicksburg. -- telegraphic correspondence with the President and Secretary of War. -- move to the relief of General Pemberton. -- receive news of the fall of Vicksburg. -- army retires to Jackson.
I set out for Mississippi on the first train that left Tullahoma, after the order of the Secretary of War was received. It was in the morning of the 10th of May. The intelligence of the assassination of the gallant Van Dorn had been received, and General Bragg and myself joined in recommending General Forrest as his successor. At Lake Station, in Mississippi, on the 13th, a dispatch from Lieutenant-General Pemberton, dated Vicksburg, May 12th, was sent to me from the telegraph-office. I was informed in it that “the enemy is apparently moving in heavy force toward Edwards's Depot, on Southern Railroad.1 With my limited force I will do all I can to meet him. That will be the battle-field, if I can carry forward sufficient force, leaving troops enough to secure the safety of this ”