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ng Banks from Port Hudson, the garrison of which could then unite with General Joseph Johnston in the rear of General Grant. In the first week in July, twelve gunof the Mississippi River. The reader will not have failed to observe that General Johnston, commanding the department, and General Pemberton, the district commander,and his forces were besieged in Vicksburg, every effort was made to supply General Johnston with an army which might raise the siege. While General Johnston was at JGeneral Johnston was at Jackson, preparing to advance against the army investing Vicksburg, the knowledge that the enemy was receiving large reenforcements made it evident that the most prompt action was necessary for success; of this General Johnston manifested a clear perception, for on May 25th he sent Pemberton the following message: Bragg is sendt giving up Jackson, by which we should lose Mississippi. On June 29th General Johnston reports that— Field transportation and other supplies having been obta