Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May 1, 1863: Joseph E. Johnston: "Enemy's army can cross at Bruinsburg"


News of the disaster at Vicksburg reached Richmond in this message from Joseph E. Johnston: Grant has finally gotten his army over the Mississippi River at Bruinsburg on to the same side as Vicksburg.
TULLAHOMA, TENN., May 1, 1863.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector GENERAL:

General Pemberton reports from Vicksburg to day a furious battle has been going on since daylight. General Bowen, commanding, says he is outnumbered terribly. He has about 8,000. Enemy's army can cross at Bruinsburg, below Bayou Pierre. Lieutenant-Colonel [C. R] Barteau, at Allatoona, telegraphs to him 3,000 enemy crossed Tallahatchee at New Albany yesterday.

General Pemberton calls for heavy re-enforcements. They cannot be sent without giving up Tennessee. Can one or two brigades be sent from the east?

J. E. Johnston,

General.

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