who, by his manner of using them, constituted himself my adversary, I should have made no comments on these publications, but should have limited my defense to the preceding narrative; because it is distasteful, even painful to me, although in self-defense, to write unfavorably of a brother officer, who, no doubt, served to the best of his ability; the more so, because that officer was, at the time, severely judged by the Southern
people, who, on the contrary, have always judged me with their hearts instead of their minds.
But Lieutenant-General Pemberton
has recently revived the question, and published, or rather procured to be published, a longer, more elaborate, and more uncandid attack upon me than those contained in his official report, and its two supplements.
In these publications, General Pemberton
endeavors, by implication, as well as by direct assertion, to fix upon me the responsibility for the course, on his part, which led him to defeat at Baker's Creek
and the Big Black River
, and caused the capture of Vicksburg
and the gallant army that formed its garrison.
I assert, on the contrary, that, in the short campaign preceding the siege of Vicksburg
, he obeyed none of my orders, and regarded none of my instructions; and that his disasters were due to his own misapprehension of the principles of the warfare he was directing.
He would have observed those principles by assailing the Federal
troops with at least three divisions, instead of two or three brigades, on the 1st of May, when they were divided in the passage of the Mississippi
; or, after that time, by attacking McPherson
's and McClernand
's corps with all his forces, near Hankinson