were less strong, and the river unguarded, and the chances of success, therefore, much better on that side; although the consequences of defeat would have been more disastrous, as General Sherman
's troops, in the line between the bridge and Yazoo
, might have intercepted retreat.
On the 3d a courier from Vicksburg
arrived, but without dispatches from General Pemberton
He had been in such danger of capture, he said, as to think it necessary to destroy the letter he was bringing.
He had left Vicksburg
on the 28th of June, and the letter had that date.
In a note dispatched at night General Pemberton
was informed of this; and told that we were about to attempt to create a diversion, to enable him to cut his way out of the place, and hoped to attack the enemy, for this object, on the 7th.
But, in the evening of the 4th, intelligence of the surrender of Vicksburg
was received; in consequence of which the army fell back to Jackson
, which it reached on the afternoon of the 7th.