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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—the first autumn. (search)
ious, while the positions occupied by the Federals in the south-east were also seriously threatened. Confederate bands of partisans, gathered and organized by Jefferson Thompson, showed themselves sometimes in the vicinity of Pilot Knob, trying to cut the railway, and sometimes in the neighborhood of Cape Girardeau or Bird's Point. At the same time considerable forces were assembling in East Tennessee, and a small army under General Pillow had already passed over from Tennessee to New Madrid, in Missouri, on the other side of the Mississippi, where it was preparing to take the field. The positions commanding the large navigable streams of the centre of the continent seemed to be in danger. Cairo, the most important, was indeed strongly defended, and its fortifications well supplied with cannon; but with the exception of twelve hundred men, its garrison was to be discharged on the 7th of August, and it was stated the gunboats constructed at Memphis by the Confederates would soon c
Disgraceful Doings of the enemy. --The Memphis Appeal learns some facts about the disgraceful proceedings of the enemy at Fredericktown, Mo., after the evacuation of the town by the Confederate forces. It says: A note from Mr. J. L. Shumate, of New Madrid, Mo., says that after the evacuation of Fredericktown by Jeff. Thompson, the Northern Goths and Vandals burned a portion of the town, (nine houses,) pillaged the Catholic church, arrested some of the ladies of the place, forcibly tore their ear-bobs from their ears and their rings from their fingers, and offered them other indignities too hateful to mention.
eir sympathies, their hopes and their interests are with the South. Then I call upon you, in the name of our noble State, now struggling for independence, to come out and help your brothers who are in the field. You cannot ask or expect them to do all the fighting, to endure all the hardships, and divide with you their glory and successes; you should not expect to enjoy the reward unless you participate in their struggles and privations for victory and independence. C. F. Jackson. New Madrid, Mo., Dec. 13, 1861. In connection with the above, we append the following characteristic production from Gen. Jeff. Thompson: Headquarters 1st Military Dis, M. S. G., New Madrid, Dec. 14, 1861. Fellow-soldiers and Citizens of the First Military District of Missouri: You have read our Governor's appeal. How do you respond? Will not the brave men who have done so much work, and gained so much credit during the past six months, rally around the flag he so beautifully desc
et back into the cotton States as soon as possible; Richmond being less defensible than Manassas was three days ago. At Richmond, if they dare fight there, they must fight under the influence of intense panic occasioned by their pell-mell retreat from their line of the Potomac, and without such sturdy works in their front as those they are now so precipitately abandoning. We sincerely believe that they will have entirely evacuated Virginia in a fortnight hence. Affairs at New Madrid, Mo. The New Madrid correspondent of the Memphis Appeal, writes under date of March 7th that there had been no general engagement at either New Madrid or Island 10, but there had been several sharp skirmishes between pickets, invariably resulting in the discomfiture of the enemy, who were believed to have lost a hundred men in killed, captured, and wounded within a few days. The writer proceeds: As yet we have only one killed and four wounded. One of the Captains of Colonel. Trav
Evacuation of New Madrid, Mo. Augusta, Ga., March 17. --A special dispatch to the Savannah Republican from Memphis, Tennessee, March 14 says that New Madrid was evacuated by the Confederate forces on Thursday night last. All our small arms and ammunition were saved, but the artillery was abandoned.
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