present, 20, 388; aggregate present and absent, 26,728.
The two brigades of Rust
were ordered to Jackson
early in April, and subsequently were attached to Loring
's division, mainly in Buford
's brigade of that division.
Later in April Gregg
's brigade was also sent to Jackson
These additions probably increased the fighting strength in northern Mississippi
on May 1st to 40,000 men, according to the returns.
On April 5th, General Stevenson
reported that ‘Gen. S. D. Lee
has returned fully impressed that the enemy is in force here (opposite Vicksburg
). The troops at Lake Providence
have been moved down.
He has information that they will make an effort on our left, up Bayou Pierre
in rear of Grand Gulf
Their concentration at Richmond
and New Carthage indicate that intention.
Our force opposite Grand Gulf
has checked them.
If they are removed, enemy can move down levee to Saint Joseph
, nearly opposite Bayou Pierre
It thus appears that there was among the Confederate
commanders a thorough knowledge and appreciation of the situation.
visited Colonel Cockrell
, and, believing he could hold a strong position without immediate danger and check the Federal
advance, suggested this to Pemberton
, at the same time indicating his readiness to withdraw Cockrell
if so ordered.
The withdrawal was peremptorily ordered and executed on April 17th.
At the same time the Sixth Mississippi, First Confederate battalion, and one field battery, were sent from Jackson
to reinforce Grand Gulf
, and Green
's brigade from Vicksburg
During this period considerable excitement was caused by the raft obstruction of the Yazoo
at Snyder's Mill
giving way and opening the channel.
Further up the river, near Greenwood
, the indefatigable Capt. I. N. Brown
had been constructing a little fleet of cotton clad gunboats, to aid in the defense of the Yazoo
The raft was soon replaced, and gradually fear of a Federal attack in that quarter was allayed.