ile to our right, toward the river.
All our field-batteries were put in position, and were covered by good epaulements; the troops were brought forward, in easy support, concealed by the shape of the ground; and to the minute, viz., 10 A. M. of May 22d, the troops sprang to the assault.
A small party, that might be called a forlorn hope, provided with plank to cross the ditch, advanced at a run, up to the very ditch; the lines of infantry sprang from cover, and advanced rapidly in line of bated that he had actually succeeded in making a lodgment in Vicksburg, but had lost it, owing to the fact that McPherson and Sherman did not fulfill their parts of the general plan of attack.
This was simply untrue.
The two several assaults made May 22d, on the lines of Vicksburg, had failed, by reason of the great strength of the position and the determined fighting of its garrison.
I have since seen the position at Sevastopol, and without hesitation I declare that at Vicksburg to have been t
oa, in wagons, as fast as possible.
I suggest that orders be telegraphed, through General Thomas, that Wilson obey no orders from Sherman, and notifying him and Canby, and all commanders on the Mississippi, to take measures to intercept the rebel chiefs and their plunder.
The specie taken with them is estimated here at from six to thirteen million dollars. H. W. Halleck, Major-General commanding.
Subsequently, before the Committee on the Conduct of the War, in Washington, on the 22d of May, I testified fully on this whole matter, and will abide the judgment of the country on the patriotism and wisdom of my public conduct in this connection.
General Halleck's measures to capture General Johnston's army, actually surrendered to me at the time, at Greensboroa, on the 26th of April, simply excited my contempt for a judgment such as he was supposed to possess.
The assertion that Jeff. Davis's specie-train, of six to thirteen million dollars, was reported to be moving south from