supply of water for troops was to be found than that of Pearl River
This led me to believe that the Federal
army, which, as General Jackson
reported, advanced from Clinton
in a deep order of battle, could not besiege us, but would be compelled to make an immediate assault.
This army consisted of three corps and a division.
Notwithstanding the great superiority of numbers against them, the spirit and confidence manifested by the Confederate
troops were so great, that I felt assured that, with the advantage given by our intrenchments, weak as they were, they would repel any assault certainly and decisively.
On the appearance of the enemy, our troops took the positions in the line of defense assigned to them the day before, in expectation of an immediate attack-Major-General Loring
's division on the right, crossing the Canton
road; Major-General Breckenridge
's on the left, crossing the New Orleans Railroad; Major-General French
's between Breckenridge
's and the Clinton
road; and Major-General Walker
's between that road and Loring
's. Brigadier-General Jackson
was directed to observe and guard the fords of Pearl River
above and below the town with his cavalry.
Instead of attacking as soon as it came up, as we had been hoping, the Federal
army intrenched itself, and began to construct batteries.
On the 10th there was spirited skirmishing, with a light cannonade, continuous throughout the day. This was kept up, with varying intensity and but little interruption, until the period of our evacuation.
Hills within easy cannon-range, commanding and encircling