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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 2: civil and military operations in Missouri. (search)
ops, and, with Thompson, was preparing to seize Cape Girardeau, Bird's Point, and Cairo, and overrun Southern t might be safely made to march on Commerce and Cape Girardeau. Having a good deal of work before us, he said,low, evidently anxious to win renown by seizing Cape Girardeau, and with that victory to gain possession of BiThompson had set their hearts on the seizure of Cape Girardeau and Bird's Point, whilst Hardee was aiming at asafe bridges; also, that he intended to move on Cape Girardeau by the river road. Polk, was annoyed, and wrotission to advance, as I am sure that I can take Cape Girardeau without firing a gun, by marching these moonlig who desired, as a preliminary movement against Cape Girardeau, to seize the post .at Ironton, the then termin, was captured by National troops sent out from Cape Girardeau; and everywhere the loyalists were successful iposts of Jefferson City, Rolla, and Ironton, to Cape Girardeau on the Mississippi River. He declared that all
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 3: military operations in Missouri and Kentucky. (search)
ent. For this purpose I have drawn from the Missouri side a part of the force stationed at Bird's Point, Cairo. and Cape Girardeau, to Fort Holt and Paducah, of which places we have taken possession. As the rebel forces outnumber ours, and the couom Greenville; Pillow was kept in the neighborhood of New Madrid, without courage to move far toward Bird's Point and Cape Girardeau; and Jeff. Thompson, the guerrilla, contented himself with eccentric raids and scaring the Federals to death, as he f brigade ), at Frederickton, the capital of Madison County, in Southeastern Missouri. General Grant was in command at Cape Girardeau at that time. General Thompson and Colonel Lowe had been roaming at will over the region between New Madrid and Pilonville, with about three thousand men, and Colonel Carlin has started with a force from Pilot Knob; send a force from Cape Girardeau and Bird's Point, to assist Carlin in driving Thompson into Arkansas, he was ready to move quickly and effectively.
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 7: military operations in Missouri, New Mexico, and Eastern Kentucky--capture of Fort Henry. (search)
siege-guns; F, flag-staff; H, draw-bridge; K, well; M, magazine; 0, Ordnance stores; P, Adjutant's quarters; Q, Headquarters; R, officers' quarters. General Halleck, as we have seen, had divided his large Department into military districts, and he had given the command over that of Cairo to General Grant. This was enlarged late in December, Dec. 20, 1861. so as to include all of Southern Illinois, Kentucky west of the Cumberland River, and the counties of Eastern Missouri south of Cape Girardeau. Grant was therefore commander of all the land forces to be engaged in the expedition against Fort Henry. The number of troops — officers and men — under General Grant's command, who were fit for duty at the middle of January, 1862, was 24,608. To that end he collected his troops at the close of the reconnaissance just mentioned, chiefly at Cairo and Paducah, and had directed General Smith to gain what information he could concerning the two Tennessee forts. Accordingly, on his retu