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there has been strong recruiting going on here for engineers to serve on twelve of the vessels, which must proceed, somewhere to make a combined and the rains give promise of a rise in our Southwestern rivers, points unmistakably to the Red river or the Ouachita as the destination of the troops which are laying in the mud of Algiers and returning from Attakapas. It will be easy for McPherson to co-operate with them; but how would he manage to do so in an attack on Mobile? Grant and Sherman found it impossible to go eastward of Jackson, Mississippi, when the former had his entire forces with which he captured Vicksburg with him. How are the remains of McPherson's corps to do better? I have heard men talk so wildly as that an expedition would start from Ba on Rouge across Louisiana and Mississippi over a country uncut with direct roads of crosswise travel, to attack Mobile in the rear. They might meet no enemy on the route, but they would be so travel word before they got the
The Daily Dispatch: January 30, 1864., [Electronic resource], Correspondence between Generals Longstreet and Foster. (search)
From Vicksburg. Mobile, Jan. 29 --A special to the Evening News, dated Jackson, January 29th, says that fifteen transports, with troops, arrived at Vicksburg on the 27th. The enemy are in force along the Big Black. Sherman and staff, with three or four regiments, are reported to have passed up the Yazoo river to Mechanicsburg, where, they met the 2d Texas regiment, which fell back. Heavy demonstrations are being made towards Pouchatoula. The enemy to the number of 10,000 are advancing from the coast below.