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The Daily Dispatch: December 3, 1861., [Electronic resource], Gen. Jeff. Thompson--capture of the Platte Valley. (search)
ere not, for they were left at Cairo; however, it was all the same, as they were non comeatibus est boatibus. Gen. Thompson arraigned Captain Postal and the other boat officers before the bar, where, after a long time the most of the men, as well as the General, were old practitioners, they together with a number of United States officers on board were sworn to support the Government of Jeff. Davis, and not to take up arms against Dixie, or give aid and comfort to its enemies, and were then all discharged, Capt. Postal and his boat going on their way rejoicing, minus a half barrel of brandy, which they presented to General Thompson, who, with his army and the half barrel, evacuated Price's Landing and retired in good order, passing through Charleston to East Prairie, where they were met by another detachment sent out to cut off any troops who might be detailed from Bird's Point against him. Here they encamped for the night, and the next day returned to their camp at New Madrid.
Federal gun-boats chased — capture of a lumber vessel, &c. Memphis, Dec. 3. --On Sunday last several Federal gun-boats came in sight of Columbus, Ky., and five of the Confederate gun-boats chased them several miles. No capture was effected. The Confederate steamer Grampus captured on Friday a lumber boat near Bird's Point, which had on board 175,000 feet of lumber. The Federals have sent twelve boats loads with troops from Paducah and Cairo to St. Louis.
l gun-boats came down to get as near as possible and see whether we had any gun-boats. Commodore Hollins was in command of the gun-boats which went up, and was very anxious for an engagement with the enemy. Our gun-boats were said to be of a superior character to the Federal boats which came down, and it was expected would bring down a lot of coal barges on their return. Last Friday Capt. Marsh Miller, of the steamer Grampus, made another excursion up the river. He went up near to Bird's Point, tied his boat among some bushes, and seeing a lumber boat tied up some distance above, he and his engineer went up, cut it loose, and as it floated down the stream the Grampus took charge of it, and brought it safe to Columbus. The boat had $175,000 feet of lumber on board. Since the above was written, we learn from persons who left Columbus on Monday that Federal troops, which left Cairo and Paducah in such large numbers, had landed near Commerce, Mo., for the purpose, it was thou
n duty which had been returned a few hours before. The object was to prevent a surprise. On Thursday the gunboats "Jackson" and "Polk" went up to within a short distance of Cairo, and poured several rounds into Camp Holt opposite Cairo, peppering the Federals, and compelling them to leave their tents and scamper off for their very lives. The Federal have no guns mounted at Camp. Holt, and our gunboats occupied such a position that they could not be reached either from Cairo or Bird's Point. It is believed that these attacks will speedily bring on an engagement — the very thing our boys most ardently desire. At Columbus. on Thursday, it was generally rumored and believed that an attack at ad cah would be made at an early day. The Federal force there is said to be reduced to about 3,000. Gen. Jeff Thompson is fortifying at New Madrid, and has no idea that the Federals are fools enough to attempt to disturb him. He is concentrating a very large army there, and doing
Federal Outrages — news from General Thompson. Memphis, Dec. 14. --Three thousand Federals at Paducah marched to Vienna on Thursday, and burnt dwellings, timber piles, &c.--They returned to Paducah, but made no attack on Fort Beauregard. All is quiet at Columbus, Ky. Jeff. Thompson recently surrounded a party of Federals who were guarding the bridge between Charleston and Bird's Point, and killed four and captured two of the bridge guard.
ng Green correspondent of the Union and American says that the Yankee advance of from five to six thousand are at Green River with some artillery, but have shown no disposition to cross the river.--They are repairing the bridge. Paducah advices represent that Humphrey Marshall is steadily advancing towards Lexington, and meeting with little or no opposition. Gentlemen who left Paducah on the 11th instant, state that the Federals had only about 6,000 troops there, 10,000 at Cairo and Bird's Point, and 700 at Smithland. There are no movements at Cairo indicating a speedy movement down the Mississippi river. Lincoln's message and Cameron's report have produced a great change among the Union men about Smithland. Indianapolis, Dec. 9. --Several of our regiments have moved forward on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad to make room for the regiments constantly arriving. If preparations mean anything, a forward movement will certainly take place at an early da
tle was reported as being fought, and the city threatened with demolition by the Federal forces. The women and children were represented as fleeing from the city. Gen. Buell is expected to take the field in Kentucky in person in a few days and it is reported that the Federal troops are crossing Green river. Buckner, with a Confederate army, is coming up by railroad to offer battle this side of Bowling Green, in Kentucky. A grand review and inspection of 17,000 troops at Cairo, Bird's Point, and Fort Holt, took place yesterday. News from Missouri. Tifton, Mo., Dec. 16. --Yesterday orders were received here for all the forces at this post to hold themselves in readiness to march at a moment's notice. At the same time Gen. Pope, commanding the department of Central Missouri, at the head of nearly all the troops in winter quarters at Otterville, marched westward towards Warrensburg for the purpose, it is generally believed here, of cutting off Gen. Price, whom our
We are gratified to learn that this gentleman was nominated by Governor Brown, during the recent session, as Judge of this (the Chattahoochee) Circuit, and that the nomination was unanimously confirmed by the Senate. His name, we believe, was not in the list of appointments published by the Milledgeville papers. Laters from Cairo. From the Columbus (Ky.) Confederate News, of the 31st ult., we extract the following: A force was sent out night before last, from Cairo or Bird's Point, and captured some 20 or 30 persons. Of these, all except two were private citizens, two were members of Price's cavalry. These marauders took all the mules, horses, whiskey, &c. they could lay hands on. We give the names of a portion of the captured as follows. Those halth. Frank Goodwin, Silas, Smith, Silas Swann, John Gatey, Bailey Wilkinson, Dr. Guess Mr. Hagan, and James Dalton, John H. Lee was arrested, but made his escape. Thomas McIlwing was arrested, but released with his st
s forming the present expedition, left this afternoon, and landed troops at Fort Jefferson, and then returned, but will go down in the morning and convey the rest of the troops to Fort Jefferson, a point on the Kentucky shore, five miles below Bird's Point. The Cavalry had previously been taken across to Fort Holt, and will join them in the morning from Bird's Point. Considerable numbers of Regiments will be taken at Paducah — about 600 troops marched from there this morning, and will joinrnoon, and landed troops at Fort Jefferson, and then returned, but will go down in the morning and convey the rest of the troops to Fort Jefferson, a point on the Kentucky shore, five miles below Bird's Point. The Cavalry had previously been taken across to Fort Holt, and will join them in the morning from Bird's Point. Considerable numbers of Regiments will be taken at Paducah — about 600 troops marched from there this morning, and will join the expedition at some point in the interio
down the river today. They approached within a mile and a half of Columbus, and fired several shots into the rebel camps. The rebels returned the fire from three or four guns without doing any damage to our boats. The effect of our shells is unknown. No obstruction in the river nor masked batteries on shore were discovered, as before reported. General McClernand's column moved in the direction of Blandville, Ky., to-day. Gen. Paine's force moved forward this morning from Bird's Point. The Second regiment of the Douglas Brigade will arrive to-night. The Seventh Lowa, Eighth Wisconsin, and Forty-fifth Illinois are expected to-morrow. Operations of the Confederates at Cave city, Ky. Louisville, Jan. 14. --The rebels of Hammond's command, encamped up the river, on Sunday night burned the depot and black smith's shop, and took all the goods from the store of Mr. Mustain, at Horse Cave. They also burned the Woodland depot at Cave City, the Cave City
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