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The Daily Dispatch: July 20, 1863., [Electronic resource], The Impossibility of Johnston saving Vicksburg (search)
f Johnston saving Vicksburg The Mobile Register says: The proposition of the fall of Vicksburg being absolute, it is now plain that it has fallen with the least possible harm to us. If it had held out only twenty-four hours longer, Johnston's army would, without any doubt, have been out to pieces. Johnston was on the Big Black, and on Saturday night his army bivouacked with orders to move on Grant's entrenchments at two o'clock in the morning. Before the hour arrived, the news of Pemberton's capitulation was received. From what has since been learned of Grant's position, it is now known that if Johnston's force had been doubled and troubled it could never have got through the works of Grant. The country for miles was defended by felled timber — every gorge and ravine a fortified work, bristling with cannon, and converted into a slaughter pen. We are credibly informed that it took some of our paroled officers at Vicksburg fifteen hours to ride fifteen miles through the fell
Progress of the war. the fall of Vicksburg--the official correspondence — interview between Gens Pemberton and Grant — the Teems of surrender — condition of the Confederates after the capitulation. The Northern papers at last give us the official correspondence which took place at the surrender of Vicksburg. We give it with some additional particulars of the scenes attending the capitulation: Gen Pemberton to Gen. Grant. Headquarters, Vicksburg; July 3, 1863. Major Gen. Grant, Commanding U. States Forces. General — I have the honor to propose to you an armistice for — hours, with a view to arranging terms for the capitulation of Vicksburg. To this end, if agreeable to you, I will appoint three commissioners to meet a like number to be named by yourself, at such place and hour to-day as you may find convenient. I make this proposition to save the further effusion of blood which must otherwise be shed to a frightful extent, feeling myself fully able to m