They were the most salient and commanding works outside of Petersburg, and it was indispensable that they should be stormed.
Accordingly, at one o'clock an assault on Fort Gregg was ordered.
Three of Ord's brigades, under Turner and Foster, moved forward at once in close support, and a desperate struggle ensued.
The garrison was composed of three hundred brave fellows, collected from various commands—artillery, infantry, and a body of mounted drivers called Walker's Mules, to whomthat the garrison was only two hundred and fifty strong, and that these fought until only thirty were left alive.
As the fort remained in the national possession, the rebels could not possibly have a knowledge of the number who surrendered.
General Foster, who captured it, reported in April, 1865, before these fables were circulated, that two hundred and fifty were taken prisoner, officers and men, and fifty-seven dead were found inside.
Fort Baldwin, the adjoining work, was at once evacua
mas into Alabama 181; reenters Tennessee, 184; at Port Heiman, 186; movements on Harpeth river, 212; at Murfreesboro, 250; in retreat from Nashville, 260, 261.
Foster, General John G., assumes command of department of Ohio, i., 545; succeeded by Schofield, 552; in command in South Carolina, III., 175; movements around Savannah, 296; relieved from command, 379.
Foster, General Robert S., at Deep Bottom, II., 473.
Franklin, General W. B., in Red river campaign, II., 73; nominated by Grant to command four departments in one, 453.
Franklin, battle of, III., 211-213.
Fremont, Major-General J. C., in command of Western department, i., 10; appointsGeneral John, at siege of Corinth, i., 100; ordered to Virginia, 107.
Port Gibson, battle of, i., 206-210.
Port Hudson, surrender of i., 392.
Port Royal, Foster and Sherman at, III., 305.
Porter, Admiral, in front of Vicksburg, i., 161; operations in Yazoo river, 175; running Vicksburg batteries, 189; co-operation with