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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 5. (ed. Frank Moore) 2 0 Browse Search
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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 17: evacuation of Fort Pillow and battle of Memphis. (search)
as captured by a fast tug, with a body of armed men. under the command of Lieut. Joshua Bishop: she proved to be a valuable prize. At 8 P. M. the fleet anchored at the lower end of Island No.45, a mile and a half above the City of Memphis. The mortarboats, tow-boats, ordnance and commissary vessels, anchored for the night at Island 44. At daylight the enemy's fleet of rams and gun-boats, now numbering eight vessels, was discovered lying at the levee at Memphis. They dropped below Railroad Point, and returning again arranged themselves below the city. At 4.20 the Union flotilla got under way in the following order: Flagship Benton, Lieut.-Com. Phelps; Louisville, Com. B. M. Dove; Carondelet. Corn. H. Walke; Cairo, Lieut.-Com. N. E. Bryant; St. Louis, Lieut.-Corn. Nelson McGunnegle. They dropped down the river according to signal, and prepared for battle. The Confederate gun-boats opened fire upon our fleet as it moved down. with the seeming intention of having the city