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The capture of Corinth and Memphis marked a new phase in the conquest of the course of the Mississippi. The Confederates, assailed at the same time from the south and the north, were only in possession of that section of the river comprised between Memphis and Baton Rouge; and we shall see in the next chapter that there was a time when it seemed as if even this last portion was about to be wrested from them. They succeeded, however, through their energetic efforts, in preserving it for a long time; and their adversaries were obliged to purchase its conquest at the cost of fourteen months of labor and fighting.

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