and we had small means of collecting them, and none of transporting them with a moving army.
On the 23d, a dispatch was received from Major
, dated 21st, informing me that all the Federal
forces that had been assembled at Baton Rouge
were now before Port Hudson
, and asking for reinforcements.
In reply to this, I repeated my order to him to evacuate the place, informed him that he could not be reinforced, and told him to march toward Jackson
This dispatch was never delivered, Port Hudson
being invested before the arrival of the courier who bore it.
On the 24th such demonstrations were made by the enemy, beyond the Big Black and along the Yazoo
, that Walker
was sent with his division to Yazoo City
, with orders to fortify that point.
And these demonstrations being repeated, Loring
's division was sent to Benton
on the 31st.
In order to superintend the preparation necessary to enable the troops to march as far as to the position of the army investing Vicksburg
, and at the same time be ready for military operations near the Yazoo
, I divided each day between Jackson
I can give no better account of the siege of Vicksburg
than that contained in Lieutenant-General Pemberton
's dispatches to me during its operations, of which I had ten, and occasional verbal messages by the officers who bore them.
On the 24th two were received, dated the 20th and 21st.
In the first he wrote: “The enemy assaulted our intrenched lines yesterday at two points, centre and left, and was repulsed with heavy loss.
Our loss small.
I cannot estimate the enemy's force ”