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[465] former and confound those two shouts into one. On the extreme right, Smith had been unable to place in position the floating bridges he had prepared, and confined himself to exchanging harmless shots with the enemy.

Sherman's check was of too serious a character to admit of his attempting a new attack. The nature of the ground rendered it impossible to concentrate the forces necessary to give such an attempt any chance of success; the Federals had learnt to their cost that the enemy's works were stronger, better armed, and defended by a larger number of troops than they had imagined. It was necessary to profit by this experience. Sherman understood this, and as soon as informed of Blair's failure he countermanded every other movement for that day. The next day, the 30th, after a night of torrents of rain, the situation of his army was still worse. It had had time to count up its losses, which amounted to one hundred and seventy-five killed, nine hundred and thirty wounded and carried off; and seven hundred and forty-three prisoners, most of them also wounded, who had fallen into the hands of the enemy, making nearly two thousand men in all. The losses of the Confederates were but sixty-three killed, one hundred and thirty-four wounded and ten prisoners. No message had been received from Grant, but some alarming rumors were afloat concerning him. The news of the capture of Holly Springs had reached Vicksburg, and the few inhabitants of the country with whom the Federals came in contact took pleasure in communicating the intelligence to them with all the exaggeration usual in such cases. These rumors were an additional cause, in Sherman's estimation, for not giving up the struggle so long as it offered the least chance of success; in fact, the more difficult Grant's position became, the more he felt the importance of relieving him by drawing all the enemy's forces upon himself. He, therefore, remained in his position during the whole of the 31st, threatening Pemberton, apparently, with a new attack, and preparing a movement for turning the obstacles he had not been able to carry in front. Steele's division was embarked; it was to leave with the flotilla on the evening of the 31st, and land under cover of the night at the foot of Haines' Bluff. Sherman was in hopes that it would be able to capture this position before daylight, and

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