ordered to Raymond
, Mississippi Springs
, and Clinton
From the events of the 14th, I supposed that General Grant
intended to occupy Jackson
aid hold it, to prevent the troops then there, and those coming from the East
, from joining Lieutenant-General Pemberton
That army, including the garrison of Vicksburg
, was probably about thirty-two thousand men.
In the evening of that day a letter was addressed to General Pemberton
, to inform him of the events of the day, and of the instructions given to Brigadier-Generals Gist
The hope was also expressed in it that those troops would be able to prevent General Grant
's forces, in Jackson
, from obtaining supplies from the East
; and that the troops on the Canton
road might keep those of the country to the north from them.
He was asked if he could close their communication with the Mississippi
, and, above all, if he could beat them, should they be compelled, by want of supplies, to fall back.
He was told, also, that prisoners reported that the force in Jackson
constituted half of Grant
's army, and that it would decide the campaign to beat it; which could be done only by concentrating, especially when the troops expected from the East
This letter was not answered.
I found the explanation of this in Lieutenant-General Pemberton
It was not delivered to him until after the battle of Baker's Creek
-too late to influence his action.
On the 15th the march of Gregg
's and Walker
's troops was continued ten miles, to Calhoun Station