Saturday, July 11, 1863

We have driven the enemy behind his fortification at Jackson. Tonight I will bring up my guns and have them put in place during the night. The troops are to construct epaulments sufficient to resist the enemy’s guns. I await my ammunition trains to begin shelling Jackson hard. At this time, we must conserve our ammunition and must use limited shelling to such effect that it will convince Johnston to quit Jackson.


There will be a general cannonading tomorrow, commencing at 7 a. m., lasting not to exceed one hour. Each gun will fire not to exceed thirty rounds, solid shot and shell in proper proportions. The shots will be directed against any groups of the enemy’s troops, or in direction of the town of Jackson, which lies northwest and south of the State-house, plainly visible from all parts of our line.

By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:
R. M. SAWYER, Assistant Adjutant-General

My troops to the North and South are trying to reach the Pearl River and complete the siege of Jackson. Troops have begun destroying the railroad north and south of Jackson. My goal is to destroy the roads so completely that Jackson cannot be used as a base against the Mississippi.

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