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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 4. (ed. Frank Moore) 1 1 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: August 24, 1863., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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d two of the armored gunboats, so that they were carried back by the current. The remaining two were very much disabled also, having received a number of heavy shots about the pilot-house and other parts of the vessels. After these mishaps, I concluded to make the investment of Fort Donelson as perfect as possible, and partially fortify and await repairs to the gunboats. This plan was frustrated, however, by the enemy making a most vigorous attack upon our right wing, commanded by Gen. J. A. McClernand, with a portion of the force under Gen. L. Wallace. The enemy were repelled after a closely contested battle of several hours, in which our loss was heavy. The officers, and particularly field officers, suffered out of proportion. I have not the means yet of determining our loss even approximately, but it cannot fall far short of one thousand two hundred killed, wounded and missing. Of the latter, I understand through Gen. Buckner, about two hundred and fifty were taken prisoners.
James H. Lane was in the city, and it is feared he has fallen into the hands of the guerillas, as it was almost impossible for him to escape through the lines. A large number of Union troops have been sent in pursuit of the rebels. Politics in the Northwest. A telegram from Indianapolis, 20th inst., says: A very large and enthusiastic meeting of War Democrats was held here tonight. All parts of the State were fully represented. Gen. Nathan Kimball presided, and Major-Gen. John McClernand, Gen. Dumont, and Hon. Henry Seerist were among the speakers. Letters were received from Hon. Lewis Cass, Gen. Logan, and Daniel S. Dickinson, all of whom expressed their sympathy with the objects of the Convention.--Resolutions were adopted favoring a vigorous prosecution of the war, etc. President Lincoln has signified his purpose to attend a Union mass meeting to be held at Springfield, Ill., on the 3d of September; but should business prevent, he will address the peo