ter proceeding some distance up the river, sunk near the Tennessee side.
The Cairo assisted the Mound City to the first island above the scene of action, where she also sunk.
The incidents of this engagement are so lightly passed over by Flag-officer Davis, that it is difficult to get much information from the official reports.
The enemy's side of the affair can best be learned by the following dispatch of the Confederate Commander-in-chief:
Flag-Boat Little Rebel, Fort Pillow, May 12, 1862.
Sir:--I have the honor to report an engagement with the Federal gun-boats at Plum Point Bend, four miles above this place.
Having previously arranged with my officers the order of attack, our boats left their moorings at 6 A. M., and proceeding up the river passed around a sharp point, which soon brought us in full view of the enemy's fleet, numbering eight gun-boats and twelve mortars.
The Federal gun-boat Carondelet [Cincinnati] was lying nearest us, guarding a mortar-boat that wa