The success of the Government troops at Obeid was, however, doomed to be followed by disasters in other directions.
Both Bara and Obeid were to have been retaken and garrisoned.
The enemy was hemming them in, and Hicks determined to push on to Obeid.
Obeid in Darfour surrendered after a five months' siege, and, flushed with success, he carried all before him.
The officials at El Obeid made some attempt to check this trade, but the difficulties were great.
The garrison in El Obeid now began to suffer from the effects of this close siege and blockade.
His original plan was to march to Bara and Obeid by the northern and more direct route.