He had put one division on Deer creek
, just above Lake Washington
, to cut off Confederate supplies in that direction.
were assuming hostile attitudes in Middle Tennessee
, and Grant
were both being called upon for help.
A movement of transports on the Mississippi
led to a rumor that Grant
was about to abandon his campaign and transfer his army, part to Corinth
and part to reinforce Rosecrans
; and under the influence of these reports Pemberton
, on April 13th, put the brigades of Tilghman
under orders to march to Tullahoma
with all dispatch, and Vaughn
's brigade was held in readiness.
But the Federals
were steadily pushing on through the Louisiana bayous
to turn the left flank of the Vicksburg
, of the Federal
army, made a reconnoissance by boat to New Carthage, through the bayous, early in April, with 54 men and a howitzer; had a skirmish with Bowen
's outposts, and from the Louisiana
shore gazed upon the plantations of Joseph and Jefferson Davis
, which he reported as ‘a very tempting view.’
On April 2d, McClernand
occupied Richmond, La.
, and during the following two weeks moved part of his corps to New Carthage, skirmishing as he advanced with the force which Bowen
had thrown across the river under Col. Francis M. Cockrell
On April 8th, Bowen
, asking if he should cross the river with his entire command in case the rumors of the heavy advance of Federals in Tensas Parish
proved true, and fight them.
To this Pemberton, still deceived by the demonstrations on the Yazoo
and the movements of boats to and from Memphis
, replied that he did not consider the advance of the Federals
in that quarter of such importance as to justify Bowen
running the risk of being cut off by the Federal fleet.
On the 15th, Cockrell
made a considerable demonstration against McClernand
' plantation, and discovered