now engaged around Vicksburg
at less than sixty thousand It is probably more.
At this hour (8 A. M.) he is briskly cannonading with long-range guns.
That we may save ammunition, his fire is rarely returned.
At present, our main necessity is musket-caps.
Can you not send them to me by hands of couriers and citizens?
An army will be necessary to relieve Vicksburg
, and that quickly.
Will it not be sent” The bearer of the note gave a verbal message to the effect that a million caps were required.
In the second dispatch General Pemberton
wrote: “The enemy kept up incessant sharp-shooting all yesterday, on the left and centre, and picked off our officers and men whenever they showed themselves.
Their artillery-fire was very heavy-ploughed up our works considerably, and dismounted two guns in the centre.
The works were repaired and the guns replaced last night.
The great question is ammunition.
The men credit, and are encouraged by, a report that you are near with a strong force.
They are fighting in good spirits, and their organization is complete.”
At two o'clock he added: “Brisk musketry and artillery fire to-day on centre.
Three guns dismounted.
These will be replaced as far as possible... . Incessant mortar-firing from the river, and last night three gunboats engaged our lower batteries.”
I wrote to General Pemberton
on the 25th: “My last note was brought back by the messenger.
Two hundred thousand caps have been sent.
It will be continued as they arrive.
is sending a division.
When it comes I will move to you. Which do you think the best route?
How and where is ”