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[217] Ferry,1 where they waited for Sherman's until the 8th; 2 or, having failed to seize those opportunities, by falling upon McClernand's corps on the 12th,3 when it was between Fourteen-mile Creek and his camp, near Edwards's Depot, and Sherman's and McPherson's corps were at and near Raymond. On all those occasions, the chances of success would have been decidedly in his favor, and the consequences of victory much greater, and of defeat much less, to him than to his adversary.

It was evident, after the 12th, that the Federal army had passed to the east of General Pemberton's position near Edwards's Depot, and, consequently, that that army must defeat General Pemberton's before it could “assault” Vicksburg; so that there was no shadow of reason to keep two divisions in the town. Those two divisions, and four brigades detached, including Gregg's4 and Walker's, ordered to Jackson, could and should have been in the battle of Baker's Creek, and would have increased the Confederate force on that field to nearly thirty-five thousand men. Such an army, respectably commanded, must have won, for Hovey's division was unsupported5 till eleven o'clock, when McPherson with his two divisions arrived by the Jackson road. It was at least an hour6 later when McClernand's corps appeared, coming from Raymond. The advantage of engaging the three fractions of the Federal army successively, would, inevitably, have given General Pemberton the victory; and, as the enemy had abandoned their communications,

1 General Grant's report.

2 This would have been obedience, too, to my instructions of May 1st and 2d. (See page 170.)

3 General Grant's report.

4 See page 175.

5 General Grant's report.

6 General Grant's report.

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