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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., chapter 5.69 (search)
s ordered to move one division of his command to Clinton, one division a few miles beyond Mississippi Springs,--following Sherman's line,--and a third to Raymond. He was also directed to send his siege-guns, four in number, with the troops going by Mississippi Springs. McClernand's position was an advantageous one, in any event. With one division at Clinton, he was in position to reenforce McPherson at Jackson rapidly if it became necessary. The division beyond Mississippi Springs was equally available to reenforce Sherman. The one at Raymond could take either road. He still had two on was confronting a rebel battery which enfiladed the road on which he was marching — the Mississippi Springs road-and commanded a bridge spanning the stream over which he had to pass. By detaching 's Hill; one (Carr's) had to pass over the same road with Osterhaus's, but, being back at Mississippi Springs, would not be detained thereby; the fourth (Smith's, with Blair's division) was near Aubu