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Memphis, we think that with perfect safety we may congratulate to our renders this morning on the re-opening of the Mississippi river through all the late formable rebel constructions, from Columbus, near the mouth of the Ohio, to the Gulf of Mexicouregard's great army from Corinth. The net reant's in a perery military estimate, along the immediate banks of the Mississippi river, from Columbus to the Balize, will probably comprehend of the rebels of more than one thousand places of artillerynd men. The rebellion then, being virtually put down in the West with our occupation of the entire line of the Mississippi river, and the flight, demoralization, and dispersion of Beauregard's army, a decisive overthrow of the rebel army of thethe evacuation of Memphis by the rebels, thus -ettoring to the Government the possession of the whole length of the Mississippi river. Arrangements will be made with all possible dispatch to open the river for commercial intercourse between N. Orle
The Daily Dispatch: June 12, 1862., [Electronic resource], Maj. Gen Lovell and the fall of New Orleans. (search)
xed where it property belongs. When General Lovell was assigned to the defence of the coast of Louisiana, he immediately discovered that the only serious danger to New Orleans was by an attack of gunboats up the river. He went to work, and, with the assistance of the heroic Duncan, soon placed Forts Jackson and St. Philip in as good condition to destroy any fleet that might attempt to pus to the city as the very limited means in his power would permit. The obstruction of the Mississippi river, at a point near those defences, was deemed essential to the successful defence of the city, and a very short time after he assumed command a raft was moored from one bank to the other of the river, immediately under fire of both forts. This raft was constructed of very large logs with two immense chains passing under and fastening below; and they were likewise secured by riveting large, strong across the top. No one for a moment than believed that the combined fleets of the Federal