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The Daily Dispatch: December 3, 1861., [Electronic resource], Gen. Jeff. Thompson--capture of the Platte Valley. (search)
articulars of the affair, which we copy from the Charleston (Mo.) Courier, of the 22d ult.: On Monday last, Brig. Gen. Jeff. Thompson, with a part of his army and a battery of artillery, went from New Madrid to Price's Landing for some purpose, said by the St. Louis Democrat to be the capture of the Marie Denning, supposed to be coming down loaded with guns and ammunition for the new gunboats, and also to capture Gen. Grant and a Paymaster, who were to go up on the Platte Valley to Cape Girardeau. Well, it seems the Marie did not come, but the Platte Valley did, and Gen. Thompson had her rounded to in irregular style, under fire from his cannon. Upon boarding her, however, Gen. Grant and the Paymaster, with the money for the Cape troops, could not be found. Rumor says they were hid, but the writer says they were not, for they were left at Cairo; however, it was all the same, as they were non comeatibus est boatibus. Gen. Thompson arraigned Captain Postal and the other