A few days after Gen. Beauregard
's movement from Corinth
, the city of Memphis
having been abandoned by the Confederate
garrison departing to another scene of action, was easily captured by the large Federal fleet in the Mississippi River
The capture was made on the 6th of June.
The evacuation of Forts Pillow
had taken place two days before.
In the river near Memphis
was a small fleet of Confederate boats.
It consisted of the General Van Dorn
, (flag-ship,) General Price
, General Bragg
, Jeff. Thompson
, General Lovell
, General Beauregard
, and Little Rebel, all under the command of Corn.
. Each of these boats carried an armament of two guns, with the exception of the Jeff.
, which had four.
The Federal gunboats consisted of the following: the gunboat Benton
, (flag-ship of Corn.
,) mounting fourteen guns; gunboat St. Louis
, thirteen guns; gunboat Mound City
, thirteen guns; gunboat Louisville
, thirteen guns; gunboat Cairo
, thirteen guns; gunboat Carondelet
, thirteen guns; three mortar-boats, and twenty rams and transports.
This overwhelming force advanced, with several of their rams in front, their iron-clad gunboats in the centre, two and three abreast, and their mortarboards and transports bringing up their rear.
The unequal fight lasted but a few hours.
The Jeff. Thompson
, and Bragg
were respectively disabled, run ashore, or set on fire, their crews meanwhile escaping to the woods.
The Jeff. Thompson
was blown up, the Beauregard
sunk near the shore, her upper-works remaining above the surface.
were the only boats that could be brought off, and these were subsequently anchored in front of the city, with the odious flag of the invaders flying at their mast-heads.
The Confederate loss did not exceed fifty in killed and wounded, and one hundred prisoners. On the boats captured and destroyed, there was but a small quantity of stores and munitions, and everything in the city of value to the government had been removed.
Beyond the mere fact of obtaining possession of the position, the victory of the enemy was a barren one.