Thursday Morning, May 14, 1863

Mississippi Springs, West of Jackson, Mississippi

It is just before dawn and we are ready to begin our march on Jackson.

CLINTON, May 14, 1863, 5:30 a. m.
Major-General SHERMAN, Commanding Fifteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: General Crocker’s DIVISION is all on the march for Jackson. General Logan’s DIVISION is just stretching out on the road. I have had a regiment of infantry and Logan’s pioneer company, under charge of my engineer and General Logan’s, destroying the railroad.

General Joe Johnston is in Jackson, and it is reported they have 20,000 men. I do not think there is that many, though they have collected considerable of a force. They have fortified on the different roads on this side of town, and are forming abatis.

Very respectfully,
JAS. B. McPHERSON

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