Retreat or fall back?
- In his memoirs, General Grant said that he "returned to La Grange and
Grand Junction." He noted that: "Pemberton was falling back at the same
time." So, Grant "returned" and Pemberton "fell back." Later Grant
says: "After the war was over I read from the diary of a lady who
accompanied General Pemberton in his retreat from the Tallahatchie, that
the retreat was almost a panic ... Why there should have been a panic I
do not see." Does this help?