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, ascertaining that a strong Union force under General Couch was approaching, they drew in their pickets and safely recrossed into Virginia. The rebel troops committed no improprieties while they occupied the town, beyond forcing the citizens to open their stores and sell their goods for confederate money. A fight took place at Blackford's Ford between a body of Union troops under the command of General Sykes, and a numerically much superior force of rebels, resulting in the retreat of the Unionists, who retired in good order across the Potomac.--(Doc. 210.) The United States ram Queen of the West, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Lippincott, with two transports laden with troops, while on a reconnoitring expedition on the Mississippi River, were fired into at Prentiss, Miss., by a band of rebel guerrillas, killing two and wounding eight. Lieutenant-Colonel Lippincott, with one hundred men of the Thirty-third Illinois infantry, immediately landed and burned the town.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Civil War in the United States. (search)
1. Maysville, Ky., taken by the Confederates. Bloomfield, Mo., captured by the Confederates, and recaptured by the Unionists the next day.—12. Eureka, Mo., captured by the Nationals.—13. Confederates attacked Harper's Ferry, and the next night the National cavalry escaped from that post, and it was surrendered on the 15th.—17. Cumberland Gap, Tenn., evacuated by the Union forces. Confederate soldiers captured at Glasgow, Ky.—18. A day of fasting and prayer held by the Confederates. Prentiss, Miss., shelled and burned.—19. Confederates evacuated Harper's Ferry. Confederates attacked Owensboro, Ky., and were repulsed.—21. Sharp skirmish on the Virginia side of the Potomac near Shepherdstown, Va., and the Nationals forced back across the river with considerable loss. Cavalry fight near Lebanon Junction, Ky.— 22. President Lincoln's preliminary Proclamation of Emancipation for the slaves issued.—24. Convention of the governors of the loyal States at Altoona, Pa. Presi
Cold-blooded murder. --The Memphis Argus publishes the following account of a cold-blooded murder, narrated by a correspondent at Prentiss, Bolivar county, Miss.: For some time past two families--one named Cleveland and the other Crawford —— have made their home on Ozark Island, about two miles below this place, living together in the same house, and uniting their labors in the making of their small crop. A difficulty occurred between them some time since; the parties were arrested, brought to Prentiss, examined, and the case discharged, it being considered the result of a drunken brawl, both parties being addicted to drinking. On Friday night last the quarrel was renewed. On Saturday morning, while Cleveland was in the garden gathering vegetables to be prepared for breakfast, Crawford took a double-barrel shot gun; which he had loaded with twelve buck-shot to each barrel, and going to the corner of the house, took deliberate aim and fired, the shot entering Clevelan
to be remembered by the citizens of this vicinity.--About 3½ o'clock P. M. the pickets in the courthouse at Prentiss, Bolivar county, Miss., discovered the smoke of boats up the river, which was evidently coming down. A courier was immediately dis our surprise when their true object was discovered, which was fully developed about dusk, in the burning of the town of Prentiss without leaving a house.--After Capt. Moyson fired, the gunboat "Q," which had nearly reached Prentiss, turned and went et to the Yankees. They burnt him alive in the jail. Thus, Monday morning last the sun rose to find the little town of Prentiss in ashes. The enemy's fleet lay at the landing all night, and the town was set on fire. No more disturbance was made dorious for plundering. They seem to be nothing but a band of robbers and thieves, whose only object is to steal and burn where they go. They showed no inclination whatever to fight while at Prentiss, and seemed only bent upon burning and robbing.