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Chapter 17: evacuation of Fort Pillow and battle of Memphis. Bombardment and evacuation of Fort Pillow. Col. Ellet's ram flotilla. capture of a Confederate transport. the vessels compoFort Pillow. Col. Ellet's ram flotilla. capture of a Confederate transport. the vessels composing the Confederate fleet. battle of Memphis. capture of the City. destruction of the Confederate fleet. a brilliant victory. noble action of the commander of the monarch. capture of forts up
After this river battle, Flag-officer Davis commenced a heavy and continuous bombardment of Fort Pillow, which lasted up to the 4th of June, and gave the enemy great annoyance, although he continue e more the base of operations was to undergo a change in obedience to the law of strategy.
Fort Pillow had to be evacuated, and when the Confederates did evacuate a position they generally did so assigned a proper position to Col. Ellet, and the combined fleet proceeded down the river to Fort Pillow, which they found to be abandoned.
Capt. Davis sent for Col. Fitch U. S. A. and turned ove