Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Successful Expedition – Two Rebel Bridges Destroyed

PITTSBURGH LANDING, Tenn., April 14. – A force of 4,000, on five transports, left the Landing on Saturday night, accompanied by the gunboats Tyler & Lexington, proceeded up the Tennessee to a point near Eastport, Miss., landed and proceeded inland to Bear Creek Bridge and destroyed the two bridges on the Mobile & Ohio Railroad, one measuring 121 feet, and the other 210 feet in length. A cavalry force of 150 men was found there, who, after having 4 killed, skedaddled in the most approved Southern style. The expedition returned Sunday night, without having lost a man. This is one of the most successful operations of its kind during the war – completely cutting off communication of the main rebel body at Corinth and the rest of the Confederate army, except New [Orleans].

A flag of truce arrived at our out post yesterday with Gov. Johnson’s son, of Kentucky, asking the fate of his father.

– Published in the Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, April 19, 1862

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