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General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 6 (search)
s abandoned, and General Grant decided that his troops should march to a point selected, on the west bank of the Mississippi, and that the vessels-of-war and transports should run down to that point, passing the Confederate batteries at night. McClernand's corps (Thirteenth) led in the march, followed, at some distance, by McPherson's (Seventeenth). About the middle of the month a Federal detachment of five regiments of cavalry, and two of infantry, with two field-batteries, moved from Corig at Bruinsburg, placed Green's and Tracy's brigades on the route from that point into the interior, four miles in advance of Port Gibson. Here they were encountered and attacked early in the morning of the 1st of May, by the four divisions of McClernand's corps, which had crossed the river in the day and night of the 30th of April, and at once moved forward. Although outnumbered five to one, Bowen was enabled to hold his ground until late in the afternoon, ten hours, by his own skill and c
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 7 (search)
ing in heavy force toward Edwards's Depot, on Southern Railroad. McClernand's Thirteenth Corps was apparently mistaken for the heavy force. W While Sherman's and McPherson's corps were moving upon Jackson, McClernand's divisions were ordered to Raymond, Mississippi Springs, and Clrton's. For that object, McPherson with two divisions at Jackson, McClernand with three at Raymond, Hovey with one at Clinton, and Blair with versary. When McPherson, with two divisions, had come up, and McClernand with four, including Blair's of Sherman's corps, was within an hothen, to the assistance of Stevenson's. In the mean time, General McClernand, with his four divisions, had been confronting Loring — not vre attacked in these lines by General Grant, with McPherson's and McClernand's corps. His vigorous assault was scarcely resisted, either beca The Federal army crossed the river on the 18th; McPherson's and McClernand's corps on floating-bridges, constructed by them near the railroa
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 7 (search)
e divided in the passage of the Mississippi; or, after that time, by attacking McPherson's and McClernand's corps with all his forces, near Hankinson's Ferry, General Grant's report. where they waity 1st and 2d. (See page 170.) or, having failed to seize those opportunities, by falling upon McClernand's corps on the 12th, General Grant's report. when it was between Fourteen-mile Creek and hisons arrived by the Jackson road. It was at least an hour General Grant's report. later when McClernand's corps appeared, coming from Raymond. The advantage of engaging the three fractions of the F in the State until late in the spring. Grant had fallen back toward Memphis, and Sherman and McClernand had been repulsed at Vicksburg, but Bragg's army had been terribly reduced by the engagements -the first a division of cavalry, the other a division of infantry: the first in January, when McClernand and Sherman had abandoned the siege of Vicksburg, and Bragg had not begun to recover from the
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 14 (search)
disasters were caused by the hesitation of the Government to reinforce the Army of the Mississippi. About eighteen thousand men were sent to it from Beauregard's and Bragg's departments between the 12th and the end of May. This could have been done as easily between the middle of April, when General Grant's plan became distinctly known, and the 1st of May, when he crossed the Mississippi. With such an addition to his strength, General Pemberton would certainly have enabled Bowen to meet McClernand's corps, near Bruinsburg, with a superior force, and probably decide the campaign by defeating it. The only proper measures in my power were taken to rebuild the railroad and bridge at Jackson, after their destruction by the Federal army in July. As many laborers, wagons, and teams, as the engineers of the railroad companies required, were impressed for their use. It was with such assistance that one company repaired its road and the other was repairing its bridge, after.their destruc
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Letters. (search)
ee miles south of Port Gibson, that General Baldwin was entering the latter place. On the same day, General Bowen telegraphed me that prisoners taken reported McClernand in command; that three divisions had landed, one of which took the right-hand road from Rodney, and that the enemy's force was estimated at twenty thousand men.t have done with more than sixteen thousand effective men, I should have encountered their combined forces in my front, had they chosen to give me battle; while McClernand's corps, upon my right, could either have interposed between me and Vicksburg, or have moved at once upon my rear. Nor could I have had much assistance from thundred (it must be remembered Tilghman's brigade was west of Big Black guarding the important approach by Baldwin's Ferry, which was threatened by the whole of McClernand's corps, and he could not, therefore, have joined me earlier than the morning of the 15th), and that I had then pushed hurriedly forward on the direct road to C