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Review of the campaign against Vicksburg

The enemy landed seventy-five thousand strong at Grand Gulf on the 27th of April, and was attacked by Generals Bowen's, Gregg's, and Tracy's brigades, who fell back after a gallant resistance. The enemy then advanced in the direction of Jackson. Our forces fought them on the 12th and 13th of May, at Clinton and Mississippi Springs. The enemy occupied Jackson on the 14th, sacked the place, and evacuated it on the 16th. On the 22d Gen. Pemberton gave battle at Baker's Creek. His forces fell back, and the attack was renewed on the 23d at Big Black Bridge. They were again forced to retire, losing a number of guns. On the 24th Grant laid siege to Vicksburg, and on the 29th made an assault on the works, and was repulsed every time with immense slaughter. On the 30th of May he renewed the assault, with the same success. On the 31st his troops refused to renew the assault, and the idea of taking the place by storm was abandoned. He is now ditching, and by sieges and parallels has at present gotten within three hundred yards of our outer works and mounted siege pieces, with which he has opened fire, but without doing any damage so far. Our loss in the series of attacks is about six thousand. Grant's present force does not exceed sixty thousand, notwithstanding heavy reinforcements have reached him. Numbers have been swept off by sickness and desertion. No fears are felt with regard to the subsisting of our garrison. The following is a statement of the daily rations now issued: "One quarter pound of bacon, half pound of beef, five-eighths quart of meal, besides an allowance of peas, rice, sugar, and molasses."

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