the 20th, when we halted three or four miles west of Morton
Two divisions of Federal infantry and a body of cavalry, drove our cavalry rear-guard through Brandon
on the 19th, and returned to Jackson
on the 20th.
The object of the expedition seemed to be the destruction of the railroad-bridges and depot, to which the outrage of setting fire to the little town, and burning the greater part of it, was added.
On the 12th I received from Colonel J. L. Logan
, commanding a small brigade of cavalry in the southern part of the State
, intelligence of the surrender of Port Hudson
on the 9th.
This report was confirmed by Major Jackson
, General Gardner
's adjutant-general, who stated that the stock of provisions was exhausted, and but twenty-five hundred of the garrison were fit for duty at the time of surrender.
Federal forces advanced against Yazoo City
, both by land and water, on the 13th.
The attack by the gunboats was handsomely repulsed by the heavy battery, under the direction of Commander J. N. Brown
, Confederate States
The De Kalb
, the flag-ship of the United States squadron, an ironclad, carrying thirteen guns, was sunk by a torpedo.
The garrison, commanded by the lieutenant-colonel
of the Twenty-ninth North Carolina regiment, offered little, if any, resistance to the enemy's landforces.
The Federal army remained only five or six days in Jackson
, but in that short time it destroyed all of the town so closely built that fire could communicate from house to house; its rear-guard left the place, for Vicksburg
, on the 23d.