- General Beauregard's insistance on the evacuation of Columbus. -- documents relating to the matter. -- General McCown to be put in command of Madrid Bend. -- he is called by General Beauregard to Jackson for instructions. -- he repairs to Madrid Bend. -- dispositions made for its defence. -- Commodore Hollins to co-operate with land forces. -- number of troops under General McCown. -- arrival of General Pope on the 28th of February in front of New Madrid. -- Colonel Plummer establishes a battery on the river. -- apprehensions of General McCown. -- General Beauregard's despatch to General Cooper. -- General McCown exhibits still greater anxiety. -- General Beauregard doubts General McCown's capacity. -- successful evacuation of Columbus. -- attack commenced on New Madrid March 12th. -- conference of General McCown with Commodore Hollins on the 13th, and evacuation of Forts. -- General Beauregard applies for General MacKALLall. -- garrison of New Madrid transferred to opposite bank of river and Island no.10. -- General Beauregard orders all surplus guns, supplies, and boats to Fort Pillow. -- fall of Island no.10 on the 7th of April. -- General Pope's forces transported to vicinity of Fort Pillow. -- General Pope ordered to Pittsburg Landing. -- want of capacity of Commodore Hollins. -- General Beauregard's various telegrams and orders. -- he detains General Villepigue in command of Fort Pillow. -- instructions to Captain Harris. -- surrender of New Orleans. -- bombardment of Fort Pillow. -- the Montgomery rams. -- General Beauregard has steam ram Arkansas completed, equipped, and manned. -- history of the Arkansas. -- tribute to Captain Isaac Brown and crew. -- prisoners with smallpox sent to Fort Pillow. -- what became of them. -- letter to General Villepigue, May 28th. -- he is directed by General Beauregard to prepare for withdrawing his troops from Fort Pillow. -- Fort evacuated 1st of June. -- responsibility of various movements left to General Beauregard.
It must not be forgotten that General Beauregard, in his conference with General Polk, a few days after his arrival at Jackson, Tennessee, suggested and even urged the evacuation of Columbus at the earliest moment practicable; that is to say, as soon as Madrid Bend, Island No.10, and New Madrid could be fortified and sufficiently prepared for temporary occupation; the object being to give time for the completion of the work of armament then going on at Fort Pillow, fifty-nine miles above Memphis, which was