It has been 3 weeks since we first arrived at the gates of Vicksburg in May. We have extended our trenches and in some places they are so close that the enemy can shoot down into them from their lines unless our sharpshooters keep them at bay. Our works are impressive and are a major impediment to an enemy breakout along my front.
Today we heard gunfire from the direction of the river. The source is an attack by the enemy soldiers across the river on Milliken’s Bend. The Bend is no longer heavily defended and does not have much impact on our army here. Our supplies come by boat down the Mississippi then up the Yazoo before the boats reach the Bend.