The capture of the Platte Valley
by Gen. Jeff. Thompson
has already been briefly referred to. The following are the particulars 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.
arraigned Captain Postal
and the other boat officers before the bar, where, after a long time the most of the men, as well as the General
, were old practitioners, they together with a number of United States
officers on board were sworn to support the Government
of Jeff. Davis
, and not to take up arms against Dixie, or give aid and comfort to its enemies, and were then all discharged, Capt. Postal
and his boat going on their way rejoicing, minus a half barrel of brandy, which they presented to General Thompson
, who, with his army and the half barrel, evacuated Price's Landing
and retired in good order, passing through Charleston
to East Prairie
, where they were met by another detachment sent out to cut off any troops who might be detailed from Bird's Point
against him. Here they encamped for the night, and the next day returned to their camp at New Madrid.