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a mile and a half.
He was, of course, satisfied of the evacuation, and determined upon landing early in the morning.
Thursday, June 5.
Early this morning the fleet got under way, and by sunrise our flag was waving from the heights of Fort Pillow.
The rams under Col. Ellet, anxious, probably, to secure an equivocal notoriety in being the first to land in an abandoned fortress, proceeded with all speed down the bend, followed by the Benton and her gallant followers — Mound City, Cairo, Carondelet, Cincinnati, St. Louis and the transports and mortarfleet — until we had rounded the Craighead Point, so long the slice which separated us from the rebels.
The approach is by a long and complete curve, in which the river runs, as at Columbus, right into the Chickasaw bluff, where the stream suddenly narrows until it becomes from two miles wide to nearly half a mile at the Fulton landing, just below the forts.
The yellow sand bluff rises to the height of a hundred and fifty feet, and in