was finally given command on Grant
was expected to make a similar expedition up the river from New Orleans, and Curtis
was instructed to send troops across the Mississippi
The combination was a formidable one, and contemplated the concentration of about 100,000 men for the purpose of capturing Vicksburg
, and in fact securing possession of the whole of northern Mississippi
had a very small force to oppose this gigantic combination, and he made urgent calls for reinforcements as early as October, when it became apparent what was on foot.
was at La Grange, Tenn.
, November 9th, and a cavalry reconnoissance sent on toward Holly Springs
discovered that that place had been evacuated.
On the 9th General Pemberton
had ordered Van Dorn
back to the south bank of the Tallahatchie
, where fortifications were begun.
was posted between Abbeville
and the Tallahatchie bridge
near the ford at the mouth of the Tippah
, and General George
with his State troops put on guard at Oxford
brought his army up to Holly Springs
about two weeks later, repairing the railroad as he marched, and established his depot of supplies at the point he had now reached.
About the same time Van Dorn
's rear was threatened by a Federal expedition from Arkansas
, under Gen. A. P. Hovey
, consisting of 5,000 infantry and 2,000 cavalry, which landed at Delta
and Friar's Point
and moved toward Charleston
again called for reinforcements, and suggested that Bragg
move against Grant
's communications, and Holmes
send over 10,000 men from Arkansas
replied that he would order Forrest
to make a diversion in West Tennessee
, and Holmes
positively refused to lend any assistance, on the ground that such a step would lose Arkansas
to the Confederacy