In July, 1863, the Confederacy was cut in two by the capture of Vicksburg and Port Hudson, including the Confederate States armies used in keeping closed the Mississippi river.
This great river — and even most of its tributaries — was in the full and complete control of the Federal Government, being policed from Memphis to New Orlbook, says: The object of the Meridian expedition was to strike the roads inland, so to paralyze the Rebel forces, that we could take from the defence of the Mississippi river the equivalent of a corps of twenty thousand men, to be used in the next Gorgia campaign, and this was actually done.
At the same time, I wanted to destroy fantry (Loring and French), which was in Mississippi at the time of his expedition, was also in Johnston's army when his 20,000 men were moved there from the Mississippi river.
They got there, too, by moving on interior lines, while his had to move on exterior lines.
He says he failed utterly to destroy Forrest. So what was the