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with ease. Once inside, there is a safe harbor and anchorage in all weathers. From there the whole coast of Virginia and North Carolina, from Norfolk to Cape Lookout, is within our reach, by light draft vessels, which cannot possibly live at sea during the winter months. From it offensive operations may be made upon the whole coast of North Carolina to Bogue Inlet, extending many miles inland to Washington, Newbern, and Beaufort. In the language of the chief engineer of the rebels, Colonel Thompson, in an official report, it is the key of the Albemarle. In my judgment it is a station second in importance only to Fortress Monroe on this coast. As a depot for coaling and supplies for the blockading squadron, it is invaluable. As a harbor for our coasting trade, or inlet from the winter storm, or from pirates, it is of the first importance. By holding it, Hatteras light may again send forth its cheering ray to the storm-beaten mariner, of which the worse than vandalism of the reb
Doc. 24. Jeff. Thompson's proclamation. Headquarters First Military District, M. S. G., camp Hunter, Sept. 2, 1861. To all whom it may concern: Whereas, Major-General John C. Fremont, commanding the minions of Abraham Lincoln, in the State of Missouri, has seen fit to declare martial law throughout the whole State, and has threatened to shoot any citizen soldier found in arms within certain limits; also to confiscate the property and free the negroes belonging to the members of the Missouri State Guards; therefore, know ye that I, M. Jeff. Thompson, Brigadier-General of the First Military District of Missouri, having not only the military authority of Brigadier-General, but certain police powers, granted by Acting Governor Thomas C. Reynolds, and confirmed afterward by Governor Jackson, do most solemnly promise that, for every member of the Missouri State Guard or soldier of our allies, the armies of the Confederate States, who shall be put to death in pursuance of the said
and Butler killed, of Company F, Capt. White; F. Spooner of the same company was taken prisoner. The wounded are Corporal Clark and private Richards--both seriously, Clark having been hit by four balls. Both will recover, but Richards has had his leg amputated. Private Hovey is slightly wounded; all of Co. D of my regiment. At this time you arrived on the ground and took command. Let me say that officers and men all did their duty, and I must be allowed to commend to your notice Sergeant Thompson of Co. D, who had command of the first party engaged, as well as the men with him, who stood and fought until half of the party were shot down before they would fall back. I have the honor to be your most obedient servant, Col. G. D. Wagner. Geo. S. Rose, Ass't Adj't-General. Letter from an Indiana volunteer. camp Cheat Mountain Summit, Sept. 13, 4 o'clock P. M. Within the last thirty-six hours we have had stirring times on Cheat Mountain. But the Star-Spangled Banner st
iver bridge, and the burning of the bridge by a large force of rebels under Jeff. Thompson. The news was brought to Mineral Point station by a number of wounded soldng, numbering from six hundred to eight hundred, under the personal lead of Jeff. Thompson, they stubbornly stood their ground, and from wood-ricks and stone-piles diunded. Immediately after the capture the Federal prisoners were sworn by Jeff. Thompson himself not to take up arms against the Southern Confederacy, and were set ascertain the whereabouts and force of the rebels. There were rumors that Jeff. Thompson's force consisted of not less than ten thousand men, and one report came inin the power of the enemy to do the road an incalculable amount of injury. Jeff. Thompson approached the bridge from the North, showing that he had made a wide circuthe men fought bravely and inflicted the severest punishment on the enemy. Jeff. Thompson himself admitted twenty killed. In the rebel force was a gang of Indians, o
ollowing account of this fight: Pilot Knob, October 18. Yesterday about ten o'clock A. M. the news came into Pilot Knob of a severe but short engagement having taken place near Fredericktown, between our forces and those commanded by Jeff. Thompson and Col. Lowe. It seems that Capt. Hawkins, commanding the Independent Missouri Cavalry, was ordered on Tuesday to proceed with a detachment of forty men to reconnoitre in the vicinity of Fredericktown. Having proceeded to within five and aw with the commander of the expedition, and a promiscuous conversation with the chief actors, I am able to give a more accurate and intelligible account than the hasty jottings of my letter of yesterday. It would appear that the command of Jeff. Thompson, or at least some one answering to that name, eight hundred strong, proceeded from Dallas, Bollinger County, to Big River bridge by forced marches, to destroy it, with what ulterior purpose is not very clear, unless, indeed, the valiant Jeff.
en. I immediately ordered my left wing, who were firing into them, to cease firing, fearful that they would kill our own forces. On riding up to the spot, we ascertained from a wounded man that they were the rear-guard of the enemy, and that Jeff. Thompson in person was with them. Pursuing them at a double-quick, I succeeded in getting within long range of them at a turn of the road, and fired, killing one. At this time I was about three miles and a half from our original position, and receiv country's honor, and nobly has she vindicated it. Last Sunday the order was issued for the troops stationed at Pilot Knob to march on Fredericktown, the rebels supposed to be intrenched at that place four thousand strong, under command of Jeff. Thompson. At three o'clock in the afternoon they took up their line of march in the following order: The Indiana Cavalry in the lead, under command of Colonel Baker, between four and five hundred. Then came the Twenty-first Illinois, Colonel Alex
rcements to Price's army in Missouri, and also from cutting off columns that I had been directed to send out from this place and Cape Girardeau, in pursuit of Jeff. Thompson. Knowing that Columbus was strongly garrisoned, I asked Gen. Smith, commanding at Paducah, Ky., to make demonstrations in the same direction. He did so by oof General Grant, that the object of the expedition was not for the attack of Columbus, but for the purpose of diverting the enemy from sending reinforcements to Thompson, Price, or Buckner, and I have further learned from Gen. McClernand, which is corroborated by prisoners taken at Belmont, that a large rebel force actually had tfty-four. All the wounded prisoners were to-day exchanged unconditionally. I will be compelled to defer the incidents of the battle and late expedition after Thompson for another letter. W. C. C. The Cairo correspondent of the Chicago Journal of the 8th, gives an account of the preliminaries of the expedition to Belmont, M
gainst our pickets on the 11th Nov., General Heintzelman sent out two small parties of cavalry to reconnoitre. They returned with a report that the rebels, with four hundred cavalry and two regiments of infantry, were encamped near Pohick Church. General Heintzelman, believing he could disperse them, telegraphed to the Commanding General, and was authorized to prepare an expedition. On the 12th inst., at three A. M., Gen. Richardson's brigade, with Company G of the Lincoln Cavalry, and Capt. Thompson's and Capt. Randolph's batteries of artillery, advanced upon Pohick Church by the telegraph road, followed, an hour later, by Gen. Jameson's brigade, and Company G, Lincoln Cavalry. Their instructions were for Gen. Richardson to divide his brigade at Potter's house, just beyond Piney Run, he to follow the telegraph road, and the other two regiments, with a battery and a company of cavalry, to cross to Accotink and reach Pohick Church by the Accotink and Pohick continuation of the Alex
Doc. 176. Jeff. Thompson's exploit at Price's landing, Mo., November 18, 1861. A correspondent at St. Louis, Mo., gives the following account of this affair:-- B. F. Livingston, the agent deputed by the U. S. Government to travel on the steamer Platte Valley, was put in charge of that steamer at Cape Girardeau, and broughs hailed from shore by two men, attired in military overcoats, who were supposed to be Federal scouts. It turned out, however, that they were the redoubtable Jeff. Thompson and his adjutant. As soon as the boat was made fast to the bank, Jeff. raised his hand, and instantly two hundred men sprung in view from their places of co Jeff.‘s gasconading. The Maria Denning did get safe to Cairo in spite of him. When leaving, his men gave three cheers for Jeff. Davis, and three more for Jeff. Thompson. During all this, a large number of women on horseback were in the vicinity, but merely looked on. It is supposed they travel with the brigands. The boa
to-day your report of the 28th ult. During my superintendence, under Gov. Jackson's authority, of the affairs of our suffering State in its southern quarter, nothing has occurred to give me such satisfaction as the perusal of your account of General Thompson's short but brilliant campaign in the Ozark Mountains. To have ventured to advance more than one hundred miles from the main body of our forces, pass between the strongly garrisoned fortresses of the enemy at Ironton and Cape Girardeau, disr by railroad and the latter by the Mississippi River--from St. Louis, and burn an important railroad bridge within fifty miles of that city, swarming with Lincoln troops, would have been rashness in a leader less sagacious and vigilant than General Thompson, or with soldiers less hardy and daring than the Swamp Fox Brigade of southwest Missouri. The fight at Fredericktown justifies the high reputation of that gallant officer and his command. While deploring the loss of the brave officers and