Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Drawing Near to Memphis

Special to Chicago Tribune.


The following dispatch has been received at the Navy Department:

CAIRO, April 15.

“The Flotilla has been within three-quarters of a mile of Fort Pillow, and thence returned to take up a position two miles further up. The Rebel gunboats escaped below the fort. There are ten of these boats below the Fort. Our mortar-boats are in position, and had opened fire. This is up to 6 o’clock last evening. Gen Pope’s command occupy the Arkansas side of the river.”

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Friday Morning, April 18, 1862, p. 1

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