crossed the Mississippi
on the gunboats and transports which had run by Grand Gulf
His troops consisted chiefly of General McClernand
's 13th Army Corps.
These troops pushed forward and were met (May 1), 8 miles from Bruinsburg
, by a Confederate force, which was pushed back to a point 4 miles from Port Gibson
was confronted by a strong force from Vicksburg
, under General Bowen
, advantageously posted.
were divided for the occasion.
's right were the divisions of Generals Hovey
, and Smith
, and on his left that of Osterhaus
The former pressed the Confederates
steadily back to Port Gibson
The troops of Osterhaus
were reinforced by a brigade of General Logan
's division of the advance of McPherson
's corps, and others were sent to help McClernand
Late in the afternoon the Confederates
were repulsed and pursued to Port Gibson
Night ended the conflict, and under its cover the Confederates
fled across a bayou, burning the bridges behind them, and retreated towards Vicksburg
lost in this battle 840 men, of whom 130 were killed.
They captured guns and flags and 580 prisoners.