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[417] long and vulnerable line against an enterprising enemy; despite some imprudences, he had turned Price's movement against Iuka to good account. Rosecrans, through his persistency and the courage of his soldiers, had at Corinth repelled the desperate attacks of the whole Confederate army, and the opportune arrival of Hurlbut on the Hatchie had completed their disaster.

The time was propitious for resuming the offensive, for overthrowing the new obstacles raised by the Confederates on the Mississippi, and reopening the navigation of that river by destroying Vicksburg and Fort Hudson. Such was, in fact, the object which from that moment engrossed all Grant's thoughts. But at that period Bragg occupied Kentucky, and the Federals had not yet the means for attempting such an enterprise. In the mean while, we must relate what had occurred on the right bank of the Mississippi during the same time.

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