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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 3: military operations in Missouri and Kentucky. (search)
e officer, that the general-commanding determines, with troops now at Union City, to fall at once upon Columbus ; and directed Pillow to take his whole command immediately to Island No.10. This was done, and on the 4th Sept., 1861. Polk seized Hickman and Columbus, and commenced the erection of batteries on the bluff near the latter place. Columbus is in Hickman County, about twenty miles below the mouth of the Ohio River. He immediately telegraphed the fact to Davis, at Richmond, and to roads pass are loyal, this movement could be made without delay or molestation to the troops. Meanwhile, General Grant would take possession of the entire Cairo and Fulton Railroad, Piketon, New Madrid, and the shore of the Mississippi opposite Hickman and Columbus. The foregoing disposition having been effected, a combined attack will be made on Columbus, and, if successful in that, upon Hickman, while Rousseau and Nelson will move in concert, by railroad, to Nashville, occupying the State c
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 9: events at Nashville, Columbus, New Madrid, Island number10, and Pea Ridge. (search)
umbus he was joined by the Twenty-seventh Illinois, Colonel Buford, and some other troops, March 14. and moving down to Hickman, on the same shore of the Mississippi, he took possession of that place. Hickman had been visited by National gun-boaa Confederate gun-boat called The Yankee. With this, and a masked battery of four rifled cannon on the shore, just above Hickman, the Tyler and Lexington fought about an hour, driving 1861. The Yankee to Hickman, silencing the shore battery, burningrifled cannon, under Captain Spatsmon, of the Second Illinois artillery, and 200 of the Second Illinois cavalry, went to Hickman on the gun-boat Louisville. They landed quietly, and soon afterward pushed on toward Union City, an important point at irst onset. After burning their camp, and effectually purging Union City of armed insurgents, the Nationals returned to Hickman and re-embarked for Island Number10. While Commodore Foote was pounding away at Island Number10 and its seven suppor