Friday, May 22, 1863

Our assault has been halted. We will need to being a siege. I gave the following orders on how to proceed:

HEADQUARTERS, Fifteenth ARMY CORPS, Numbers 39
Walnut Hills, MISSISSIPPI, May 22, 1863

I. General Blair will hold the present ground now occupied by Generals Ewing and Giles A. Smith, and will withdraw the other brigade to a position of easy support.
II. General Tuttle will dispose two of his brigades to support the batteries, and hold the other in reserve near the forks of the road.
III. Generals Ewing and Giles A. Smith will construct in their front a rifle-pit or breast-height of logs, and lay out a covered road to their rear, to be constructed as soon as tools can be procured.
IV. The artillery will hold its present position, and lose no time or effort in renewing the supplies of ammunition.
V. Each regiment will, under cover of night, move their dead and wounded; inter the former, and remove the latter to the hospitals.

By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:
Assistant Adjutant-General

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