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[197] Major-General Gardner, dated June 10th: “I have repulsed the enemy in several attacks, but am still closely invested. I am getting short of provisions and ammunition of all kinds, and should be speedily reenforced.” This was received in Jackson on the 15th. In my reply, he was informed that we had not the means of relieving the place; that General Taylor, on the opposite side of the Mississippi, would give him all the assistance in his power, and that it was of the greatest importance that Port Hudson should hold out as long as possible, to keep General Banks's army employed in the South. This was repeated on the 20th.

In the mean time, my telegraphic correspondence with the President and Secretary of War had kept them informed of the condition of military affairs in Mississippi, especially of the inadequacy of the forces they had collected to break the investment of Vicksburg. In a telegram of the 24th of May, the President said : “.... I hope you will soon be able to break the investment, make a junction, and carry in munitions....” I replied on the 27th: “.... General Pemberton estimates Grant's force at not less than sixty thousand. When all reenforcements arrive, I shall have about twenty-three thousand. Tell me if additional troops can be furnished.”

On the 28th he wrote by telegraph: “The reenforcements sent you exceed, by say seven thousand, the estimate of your dispatch of the 27th instant. We withheld nothing which it is practicable to give. ...” And on the 30th : “.... . Added to the forces you have from Pemberton's army, he” (the Secretary of War) “states your whole force to be thirty-four ”

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