which he estimated at a million and a half dollars. Grant
reported the loss at $400,000 in property and 1,500 men taken prisoners.
He at once fell back to Holly Springs
and occupied the line of the Tallahatchie
, abandoning the plan of advancing between the Big Black and Yazoo
to meet Sherman
on the latter river.
also attacked Davis' Mill
, but without so much success.
About the same time a Federal raid had been made from Corinth
down the Mobile & Ohio railroad as far as Tupelo
, and the forces made an ineffectual effort to check Van Dorn
Early in December President Davis
, where Johnston
's headquarters were, and going on to Murfreesboro
, consulted with General Bragg
regarding the reinforcement of Vicksburg
On his return to Chattanooga
he ordered General Johnston
to detach 10,000 men under Gen. C. L. Stevenson
to report at Vicksburg
The President and General Johnston
then visited Mississippi
together, and reaching Jackson
on December 19th found the legislature in session, it having been called together by Governor Pettus
to bring out the remaining militia resources of the State
and General Johnston
and staff next visited Vicksburg
, where on December 21st and 22d they inspected its defenses.
While there Generals Johnston
agreed upon an estimate of the additional force needed for the defense of the department and Vicksburg
, and on December 22d General Johnston
addressed a letter to Mr. Davis
inclosing General Smith
's letter (of estimates) to him.
In this letter among other things, General Johnston
said, ‘Our great object is to hold the Mississippi
The country beyond the Mississippi
is as much interested in that object as this, and the loss to us of the Mississippi
involves that of the country beyond it. The 8,000 or 10,000 men which are essential to safety ought therefore, I respectfully suggest, to be taken from Arkansas
, to return ’