20th, and Maxey
's brigade, from Port Hudson
, on the 23d.
On the 3d of June we had been reenforced, in addition to these, by Evans
's brigade from South Carolina
, and Breckenridge
's division, and about two thousand cavalry from the Army of Tennessee.1
This body of cavalry was commanded by Brigadier-General W. H. Jackson
The Federal army was receiving considerable additions in the mean time, estimated by our scouts at not less than twenty thousand men.
The Confederate forces enumerated above, not equal to a third of the Federal
army, were almost without artillery and field transportation, and deficient in ammunition for all arms; and could not, therefore, have been moved, with any hope of success, against that powerful army, already protected by lines of counter and circumvallation.
All the supplies that had been collected in the department were, of course, with the troops in Vicksburg
and Port Hudson
The troops coming from the East
, by railroad, had brought neither artillery nor wagons.
Frequent drafts upon the country had so much reduced the number of horses and mules, that it was not until near the end of June that artillery and wagons, and draught-animals enough for them, could be procured, generally from long distances-most of the artillery and wagons from Georgia
Some twelve pieces, found without carriages, were mounted on such as could be made in Canton
There was no want of provision and forage in the department, but they were still to be collected;