to throw shells into the town ‘day after day, with the sole purpose of injuring it or defacing it, or destroying private property; indicating a spirit of wanton destruction scarcely pardonable in an uncivilized Indian.
This seemed to be the special mission of the upper fleet.
Shame to the man who commanded it!’
On May 26th, General Williams
had landed some of his infantry at Grand Gulf
, on account of a Confederate battery there firing upon the Federal
vessels, and a skirmish ensued in which a few were wounded on each side.
On June 9th, the batteries at Grand Gulf
were attacked by the U. S. steamers Wissahickon
, but repulsed the assault.
The Federal infantry under General Williams
reached this point June 22d, and made a flank movement by Bayou Pierre
, but the Confederate
force withdrew in safety.
reported that he found one sentinel on picket at Grand Gulf
, and that he burned the town.
After the abandonment of the attack on Vicksburg
' brigade went into camp at Baton Rouge
, and on July 27th General Breckinridge
started from Vicksburg
, with something less than 4,000 men, to attack him. At Camp Moore, General Ruggles
with his command joined the expedition, and the forces were divided off in two divisions, the first under General Charles Clark
including the Fifteenth, Thirty-first, and Twenty-second Mississippi.
Everything was ready for the attack on the morning of August 5th, when it was understood the ram Arkansas
would be on hand to co-operate.
The famous ram was not in condition to undertake such an adventure, and her commander was disabled by illness.
But she was ordered out, to be at Baton Rouge
at the appointed time, under the command of Lieutenant Stephens
In the effort to arrive on time one of the engines broke down, and the other drove the boat ashore within sight of her destination.
In a little while the Essex
was seen approaching, and to avoid surrender Stephens