McPherson: “Find it impossible to hold [this] point without great sacrifice of life”

Gen. McPherson has been unable to hold the crater and has pulled back his troops.  I received the following telegram from his adjutant.

JUNE [25], 1863.

Colonel RAWLINS:

Find it impossible to hold [this] point without great sacrifice of life. Have withdrawn men, and have opened with artillery. Think we shall yet hold it.

[WM. T.] CLARK,

[Assistant Adjutant-General.]

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 8, p 421

O.R., I, xxiv, part 3, p 441

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