the town and ravaging the surrounding country, in order to make the place untenable by Confederate forces.
On the 18th he reported to Grant
: ‘We have made fine progress to-day in the work of destruction.
will no longer be a point of danger.
The land is devastated for thirty miles around.’
After sending an expedition against Canton
, the troops started back to Vicksburg
On the 21st Sherman
sent word to Grant
that he had promised 200 barrels of flour and 20,000 pounds of pork, or equivalents, to the inhabitants, as there were about 800 women and children who would perish unless they received some relief.
promptly honored the requisition.
On July 13th a Federal expedition under General Herron
arrived at Yazoo City
in transports, accompanied by a gunboat flotilla.
Commander Isaac N. Brown
was there, with the few boats that he had improvised, and a small garrison in the fortifications.
He repulsed the gunboats at first, and blew up the Federal
ironclad De Kalb
, with thirteen guns, by a torpedo explosion, but was forced to burn his own flotilla and evacuate the position.
on the same day, Brigadier-General Ransom
landed and occupied the town, whence he made expeditions to destroy military property at Liberty
, and a cotton factory and railroad transportation at Woodville
But this field of destruction was soon restricted by the approach of J. L. Logan
's cavalry in Mississippi
's cavalry on the west bank of the river.
During the siege of Vicksburg
there had been various raids and reconnoissances in northern Mississippi
from the Federal
posts in Tennessee
and at Corinth
was also active in the northeast, embarrassing the enemy's transportation on the river.
Col. Wirt Adams
engaged Federal gunboats with his artillery at Liverpool Landing, May 20th-23d. Col. R. McCulloch
's cavalry fought with an expedition from La Grange
in the Senatobia swamp
, May 23d. Colonel Slemons
, about the