of Capt. C. M. Jackson, Acting Assistant Inspector-General,
Port Hudson surrendered
yesterday at 6 a.m. Our provisions were exhausted, and it was impossible
for us to cut our way out, on account of the proximity of the enemy's
Our casualties during
the siege are 200 killed and between 300 and 400 wounded. About 200 men
have died from sickness. At the time of surrender, there were only 2,500
men for duty. I came out through the enemy's lines about an hour after the
surrender, and tried to ascertain the strength of General Banks' army, but
did not succeed; but from my own observation, I am led to believe his
force to be 25,000 or 30,000 men.
Asst. Insp. Gen. to Maj. Gen. Frank. Gardner.
General JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON.
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