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ive thousand tons of hay. They also burned a quantity of stores which had been left behind by the evacuators for want of transportation. The troops that left Columbus went to three different places--one third to Jackson, Tenn., one third to Island No.10, and the remainder started to Nashville, but where they went to I am not informed. The town of Columbus is a small, unimportant place, with a population, in its palmiest days, of about one thousand inhabitants. As the terminus of the Mobilles, and the bridges burned. Where the railroad crosses the Ohio River the bridge was burnt, but what other destruction was accomplished is not yet known. A lady resident informs me that the troops who left by the river were destined for Island Number10, thirty miles below, and for New-Madrid, forty miles distant. The capture of Fort Donelson and occupation of Nashville had disheartened them; and the men, becoming demoralized and reckless, said they would soon be surrounded and starved out,
continued every day to reenforce New-Madrid from Island No.10, until, on the twelfth, they had nine thousand ipickets, and gave no intimation to the forces at Island No.10. The consequence is, that one gunboat and ten lust either be destroyed or fall into our hands. Island No.10 must necessarily be evacuated, as it can neitherrsons on board. Madrid Bend is the same port as Island No.10. Sanford P. Yandall, Jr., Medical Director Gen.en with luxuries and comforts for New-Madrid and Island No.10. They suddenly wheeled about and left for Dixie their grinning mouths to look for gunboats from Island No.10. There was a large stock of ammunition of everye control the river, and no guns or stores leave Island No.10 for Dixie. Tell Com. Foote to send them along t large transport hove in sight this morning from Island No.10, but, seeing the Stars and Stripes and the guns st of the rebel steamers passed up the river to Island Number10, with their loads on, and Gen. Pope proposes to
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 4. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 104 1/2.-capture of Union City, Tenn. (search)
Doc. 104 1/2.-capture of Union City, Tenn. A correspondent gives the following minute account of this affair: above Island no.10, Monday, March 31, 1862. Since my last I have had the extreme pleasure of seeing the clearing out of that pestiferous centrepot of treason, Union City. It may, perhaps, be recollected that when the National fleet first came down here, it found Hickman in possession of a company of confederate vagabonds, who plundered, insulted and outraged the citizens of Hickman, under the pretence of serving the Dixie government. For a week or so after this they held possession of the place, and compelled all who had shown any evidence of satisfaction at the arrival of the National fleet to leave the town. The gunboat Louisville, Capt. Dove, about this time went up and anchored abreast of the town. This, together with a battalion of the Twenty-second Missouri, under Col. Foster, that took possession of the town, convinced the rebels that thereafter there
Doc. 112.-Colonel Roberts' exploit. Flag-officer Foote's report. United States Flag steamer Benton, off Island No.10, April 2, 1862. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy: last night an armed boat expedition was fitted out from the squadron and the land forces at this point, under command of Col. Roberts, of the Forty-second Illinois regiment. The five boats comprising the expedition were in charge of First Master J. V. Johnson, of the St. Louis, assisted by Fourth Master G. Pervice, had it been required, to the fulfilment of the object of the expedition. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, etc., your servant, A. H. Foote, Flag-Officer. Chicago Tribune account. on board steamer V. F. Wilson, off Island no.10, April 2, 1862. The fleet this morning is exulting over a most daring and brilliant exploit, performed last night by Col. Roberts, of the Forty-second Illinois, at the head of a small expedition. In order to appreciate more thoroughly its
unboat Carondelet, the following order: U. S. Flag-steamer Benton, Off Island No.10, March 30, 1862. sir: You will avail yourself of the first fog or rainy nt, and drift your steamer down past the batteries on the Tennessee shore and Island No.10, until you reach New-Madrid. I assign you this service, as it is vitally imthe opposite or Tennessee side of the river, that he may move his army up to Island No.10, and attack the rebels in rear while we attack them in front. Should you suebel steamer Grampus and the transports, if possible, between this place and Island No.10, at such time as will not embarrass you in placing yourself in communicationope to cross the Mississippi, and eventuated in the surrender to yourself of Island No.10, and finally to the capture by Gen. Pope of the fort on the Tennessee shore under Col. Roberts, captured the first rebel battery and spiked the guns on Island No.10, on the night of the first inst. Such services are duly appreciated by the D
Doc. 120.-surrender of Island number10. Commodore Foote's despatches. United States steang officer they were ordered to surrender Island Number10 to the commander of this fleet. As the, Flag-Officer. Flag-steamer Benton, off Island number10, April 8. To Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretar hours since, informs the Department that Island Number10 has surrendered to the gunboats. Captainodore Foote's report. flagship Benton, Island no.10, April 8, (via Cairo.) Hon. Gideon Welles, st night, announcing the surrender to me of Island No.10, possession has been taken of both the isla The canal across the peninsula opposite Island No.10--and for the idea of which I am indebted tofallen into our hands. Before abandoning Island No.10, the enemy sunk the gunboat Grampus, and sin the blockade. April 7.--Surrender of Island Number10. (See Supplement.) Chicago post account. On Island No.10, Mississippi River, Tuesday, April 8, 1862. Island 10 has been abandoned[8 more...]
f his guns had evidently been dismounted, and others silenced, during the day. The breach had been commenced, but on the whole the result did not seem especially encouraging. It might be less considerable than we flattered ourselves, and the mortar firing had certainly not been a success; we were unable to know how great was the damage we had inflicted; we had, however, lost no men, and had no gun dismounted; but for all that we could tell, the bombardment might last as long as that of Island Number10. The men and officers were very thoroughly tired, with the absolute work they had undergone, and the still more fatiguing excitements; few had had time to eat or drink; many, however, had night duties to perform. Strong infantry pickets were placed, and still stronger supports, lest an attempt should be made to relieve the garrison, or to distract us by some unexpected attack, and many of the preparations necessary for the first day's firing, were renewed in anticipation of the second
ers and a New-York tiger. Dr. Hitchcock proceeded to speak of the dark days of a year ago, of the iron-faced and ironhearted general who saved the capital, and the noble-hearted man who had made Sumter a doubly heroic word. He spoke of Bull Run as a blessing in disguise, and said that it was the navy that turned the tide of victory in our favor. He referred to Hatteras, to the elliptic dance at Port Royal, and good Parson Foote, who held the rebels so long in conference meeting, at Island Number10, and when they ran away before the benediction, resolute Dissenter as he was, sent the Pope after them. [Laughter.] But, he said, we had met to resolve that the widows and children of the brave men who fell in Hampton Roads should not suffer. Those men fought, not for glory, but for duty's sake; but glory they should have. He believed that the providential care which watched over us was especially marked in the Yankee cheese-box on the raft which entered Hampton Roads that Saturday n
id also is a long, narrow promontory. From Island No.8, about four miles above Island No.10 the diIsland No.10 the distance across the land to New-Madrid is six miles, while by river it is fifteen. So likewise the dier it on the other. A good road leads from Island No.10 along the west bank of Reelfoot Lake to Tiply, therefore, for the forces at and around Island No.10, on this peninsula, was by the river. Whenmmunication from below with the forces near Island No.10 was cut off. One of the gunboats would occas to a point on the Missouri shore opposite Island No.10, and transfer a portion of my force, sufficr and assailing the enemy's batteries, near Island No.10, in the rear. On the seventeenth of Marcme become very apparent that the capture of Island No.10 could not be made unless the land-forces coone of the gunboats to run the batteries at Island No.10, and Capt. Walke, U. S.N., who had volunteeoned works on the Tennessee shore, opposite Island No.10, and to save the steamers if he possibly co[13 more...]
omb-vessels lying on the other side of the river, were at all times totally invisible, the best glasses failing to distinguish their bushed. tops from the trees around them. During the bombardment the only guns that were much used were the rifled guns, of which there were three, and the columbiad and Dahlgren guns, eight in number. The mortars fired occasionally. One of the rifled guns mounted on the Fort proper before the bombardment, was sent, two days before the fire opened, to Island Number10. One of the rifles in the water-battery was originally one of the barbette guns, a thirty-two-pounder. It was sent to New-Orleans to be rifled, and a week after a second one was sent, but the first, on trial, proving a failure, the second was not changed. The large columbiad in the waterbattery was made somewhere in Secessia, but exactly where my informant did not know. The Fort was in perfect order when the bombardment commenced, it always having been very strictly policed, and