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The assault on Chickasaw bluffs. by George W. Morgan, Brigadier-General, U. S. V. President Lincoln early determined to obtain control of the Mississippi, in its entire length. In pursuance of his plan, Island Number10 in the north and Forts Jackson and St. Philip in the south had been captured, and New Orleans occupied by our troops in the spring of 1862; and in the fall of that year General McClernand was assigned to the command of a river expedition against Vicksburg. The day following the receipt of this order by Grant at Oxford, Mississippi, Sherman, who was then at Memphis, in telegraphic communication with Grant, commenced the embarkation of a column upon three grand flotillas, each bearing a division, to be joined by a fourth (Steele's) at Helena. In his Memoirs, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman. By himself. Vol. I., p. 285. (New York: D. Appleton & Co.） General Sherman says: The preparations at Memphis were necessarily hasty in the extreme, but it wa