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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 2: civil and military operations in Missouri. (search)
of vast importance in his plans for seizing Bird's Point and Cairo. Whilst engaged in strongly fortg New Madrid his base of operations against Bird's Point and Cairo, and of preventing armed vessels have suspended the movementsforward against Bird's Point and Cairo for the relief of Missouri. The s, preparatory to an immediate advance upon Bird's Point and Cairo, while Hardee, with a considerabl danger. To avert the perils threatening Bird's Point and Cairo, Fremont secretly and quickly preson, was preparing to seize Cape Girardeau, Bird's Point, and Cairo, and overrun Southern Illinois, and with that victory to gain possession of Bird's Point and Cairo, was tardy in his obedience, and hearts on the seizure of Cape Girardeau and Bird's Point, whilst Hardee was aiming at a similar resue National forces at Ironton, the Cape, and Bird's Point, had been so increased, that any forward moconflicts took place at Charleston, west of Bird's Point, on the 19th, August. when three hundred I
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 3: military operations in Missouri and Kentucky. (search)
Kentucky, from which he believed he could flank the position at Cairo, take it in reverse, and, turning its guns upon Bird's Point, drive out and disperse its force. Autograph letter of General Pillow to L. Pope Walker, Sept. 1, 1861. So early as any longer a forward movement. For this purpose I have drawn from the Missouri side a part of the force stationed at Bird's Point, Cairo. and Cape Girardeau, to Fort Holt and Paducah, of which places we have taken possession. As the rebel forces ot advance much from Greenville; Pillow was kept in the neighborhood of New Madrid, without courage to move far toward Bird's Point and Cape Girardeau; and Jeff. Thompson, the guerrilla, contented himself with eccentric raids and scaring the Federals three thousand men, and Colonel Carlin has started with a force from Pilot Knob; send a force from Cape Girardeau and Bird's Point, to assist Carlin in driving Thompson into Arkansas, he was ready to move quickly and effectively. Grant had already
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 7: military operations in Missouri, New Mexico, and Eastern Kentucky--capture of Fort Henry. (search)
of the Mississippi River, toward the reputed impregnable stronghold at Columbus. One of these minor expeditions, composed of about seven thousand men, was commanded by General McClernand, who left Cairo for Fort Jefferson, and other places below, in river transports, on the 10th of January. 1862. From that point he penetrated Kentucky far toward the Tennessee line, threatening Columbus and the country in its rear. At the same time, General Paine marched with nearly an equal force from Bird's Point, on the Missouri side of the Mississippi, in the direction of Charleston, for the purpose of supporting McClernand, menacing New Madrid, and reconnoitering Columbus; while a third party, six thousand strong, under General C. F. Smith, moved from Paducah to Mayfield, in the direction of Columbus. Still another force moved eastward to Smithland, between the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers; and at the same time gun-boats were patrolling the waters of the Ohio and Mississippi, those on the l
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 9: events at Nashville, Columbus, New Madrid, Island number10, and Pea Ridge. (search)
sunken batteries below them. This was done with perfect success in the face of cannonading from the Confederate gun-boats. This position commanded the passage of the river in the rear of Island Number10, and prevented supplies being furnished to that post across the peninsula formed by Reel Foot Lake and Madrid Bend. Pope's four siege-guns (three 32-pounders and an 8-inch mortar) arrived at near sunset, March 12, 1862. and at dawn the next morning (thirty-five hours after they left Bird's Point, on the Cairo and Fulton Railway) they were in position, within half a mile of Fort Thompson. These guns were carried twenty miles by railway, and dragged on trucks (such as is delineated in the engraving) twenty miles farther, over a miry road most of the way. On that work and Hollins's flotilla he at once opened a vigorous cannonade and bombardment. March 13. They replied with equal vigor, but in the course of a few hours three of the cannon in the fort were dismounted, and three of