, 9.10 o'clock A. M., of the 14th.
It was to inform me that he would move at once, in obedience to my order, with his whole available force.
He said, in conclusion: “In directing this move, I do not think you fully comprehend the position that Vicksburg
will be left in.1
But I comply at once with your order.”
's letter of a later date, received the day before, showed that my order, referred to, had been set aside.
In the evening, a reply to my dispatch of the 15th was received from General Pemberton
, dated four miles south of Edwards's Depot
, eight o'clock A. M., May 16th, saying that my note was received at 6.30 A. M., and that it found the army on the middle road to Raymond
, and that the order to countermarch had been given.
Then followed a minute and clear description of the route he intended to take, to direct my course in marching to meet him. He added, in a postscript, “Heavy skirmishing is now going on in our front.”
had been told in Jackson
, on the 14th, that Lieutenant-General Pemberton
had been ordered peremptorily to march from Edwards's Depot
to attack him in rear.
He determined, therefore, to concentrate his own forces and fall upon General Pemberton
's. For that object, McPherson
with two divisions at Jackson
with three at Raymond
with one at Clinton
, and Blair
with one at New Auburn, were ordered, on the 15th, to march to Bolton's Depot
, eight miles from Edwards