can be heard from.
Again on the same day, October 8th, Grant telegraphed to Halleck:
Before telegraphing you this morning for reenforcements to follow up our victories I ordered General Rosecrans to return.
He showed such reluctance that I consented to allow him to remain until you could be heard from if further reenforcements could be had. On reflection I deem it idle to pursue further without more preparation, and have for the third time ordered his return.
This was early in October.
The weather was cool, and the roads in prime order.
The country along the Mississippi Central to Grenada, and especially below that place, was a corn country — a rich farming country — and the corn was ripe.
If Grant had not stopped us, we could have gone to Vicksburg.
My judgment was to go on, and with the help suggested we could have done so. Under the pressure of a victorious force the enemy were experiencing all the weakening effects of a retreating army, whose means of supplies an