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The Daily Dispatch: April 10, 1862., [Electronic resource], Depends of the West Bank of the Mississippi. (search)
ssippi river and valley. This movement of Van-Dorn was executed with great celerity and secrecy. He was doubtless enabled to accomplish it by the facilities of water transportation. Jacksonport is on White river and Pocahontas about 50 miles north of it on the Big Black fork of white river. It is to be presumed that the gallant General Van-Dorn withdrew his forces to the Arkansas river after the battle of Elkhorn, dropped down the river and ascended the White in steamers. What force is still with Price and Pike, is not known; but doubtless enough to keep Curtis uneasy Pocahontas is about sixty or seventy miles from New Madrid in a direction a little south of west, and Jacksonport about the same distance west of Fort Pillow on the Mississippi. Both of these places are about two hundred miles coastward of the late battle field of Elkhorn in an air line. It is gratifying to know that vigorous operations for the defence of the west bank of the Mississippi are thus initiated.