BEFORE AND AROUND VICKSBURG.
The hard job of reopening the Mississippi -- Admiral Porter runs the Confederate batteries -- Headquarters moved to Smith's plantation -- Delay and confusion in McClernand's command -- The unsuccessful attack on Grand Gulf -- The move to the east shore -- Mr. Dana secures a good horse.
ON the new lines adopted by General Grant, the work went on cheeringly, though every day changes were made in the details. I spent my days in riding from point to point, noting the progress. I went out often with Colonel G. G. Pride, the engineer officer, in whose mess I was, and who was superintending the construction of the canal which led from Duckport to the bayou. The work on this canal was a curious sight to see, for there was a force equal to five regiments at the digging, while a large number of pioneers were engaged in clearing the bayou beyond. The canal was opened on April 13th, and the authorities agreed that there was no reason to doubt its usefulness, though the obstructions in the bayou were so numerous that it was thought that it would require several days more to clear a passage for tugs and barges.
One of my most interesting trips from Milliken's Bend was made with Major James H. Wilson to view the casemated batteries our engineers were constructing