previous next


Havoc of the enemy among our steamboats.
the Tennessee river Bridge not burnt.
reported attack on Fort Donelson

Memphis, Feb. 11.
--There has been a heavy loss of steamboats on the Tennessee river, in consequence of the invasion by the Federal gun-boats Lexington, Conestoga, and Sam Orr. On Saturday the Appleton Belle and Lynn Bird, Confederate boats, were burnt by our troops at the month of Duck river. The Sam Kirkman, Julius, and Time, also Confederate boats, (the latter with $100,000 worth of Government stores,) were abandoned and burnt at Florence on Saturday. The steamer Dunbar was sunk in Cypress creek. The Eastport was sunk. The Cerro Gordo and Sallie Ward were the only Confederate boats captured by the Federal. The Robb escaped.

The Federal gun-boats have left the river but were expected to return. They took twenty thousand pounds of salt pork from Florence, but refused to touch private property, not even cotton.

Passenger trains on the Memphis and Charleston Railroad have resumed their trips.

It is reported that the Federal are concentrating a large force in the vicinity of Paris, where there are about 1,800 Confederate cavalry.

The Tennessee river bridge has not been burnt.

It was reported [via Paris] that Fort Donelson was attacked on Saturday, but nothing has been heard of any such engagement via Nashville.

One General, two Captains, two Lieutenants, and seventy-five privates were captured in Fort Henry. Twenty-two dead bodies were found in the fort.

The Federal have abandoned Fort Henry, and are fortifying Fort Angilo, opposite. S. Fort Henry has been inundated, and the walls are caving in.

The Federal threaten to take possession of the Memphis and Ohio Railroad within two weeks, to which they have easy access.

Twenty Federal stern-wheel boats, from Southern Illinois, appeared in the river on Sunday.

Military excitement is growing warm in Memphis and throughout this region. A public meeting was held here on yesterday to organize for defence.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Sallie Ward (1)
Julius (1)
Lynn Bird (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
November, 2 AD (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: