Plan for the invasion of Memphis.
A gentleman recently from Cairo
furnishes the following to the Memphis Bulletin:
On Wednesday, when our informant was there, there were at Cairo
5,500 troops, at Bird's Point
2,500 troops, and in that vicinity there are several thousand more.
He says they have abandoned the original plan of bringing 50,000 men down in steamboats, as that would probably result in a discomfiture.
They have greatly enlarged the plan of their operations, which, up to Wednesday, is as follows: ‘Colonel Prentiss
said last Wednesday that he wanted at least seventy-five thousand troops to invade the South
, and that they did not intend to move at all till they obtained them.
He said he expected to get them ready in ten days, and that if they did, they would march down the river in three columns, one column of 25,000 troops in twenty-five steamboats, to proceed down the river, supported by a column on each side of the river of 25,000 troops.
The forces by land will go in advance of the river column, and are expected to turn all the batteries and conquer all the forces that they may come across in their triumphant career.
Indeed the force is so large that Col. Prentiss
expresses it as his belief that much bloodshed will be avoided, inasmuch as he expects that no resistance will be made in some places and but little anywhere, the large force being the best defence against attack.
He says he expects to be able to take dinner in Memphis
on the 4th of July. Troops are already moving from Minnesota
, the last named sending 8000. ’
We are assured that some twenty steamboat pilots, formerly engaged in the St. Louis
and New Orleans trade, are quietly stealing away from Cairo
, fearing lest they may be pressed into service — a service for which they have no heart.
We saw some of them here yesterday, who had left their homes in order to prevent being forced against their will into piloting their Abolition horde down the Mississippi
A number of the Camp Jackson
soldiers are now prisoners at Cairo
, having been arrested while on their way South, and are made to work on the levee, and treated to all sorts of indignities.
We learn that much apprehension of invasion was left at Columbus
, and it is believed that a most tremendous battle will be fought in that vicinity.