Friday, January 29, 2010

From Memphis

ST. LOUIS, April 22.

From a gentleman who left Memphis a few days after the battle of Pittsburg, we learn that the rebels, putting both days of the battle together, still claim a victory. Their claim rests on the supposition that more were killed, wounded and taken prisoners on the Federal side than on their own. Our informant says that Prentiss made a speech to his troops in Memphis, in which he endeavored to modify their complaints in relations to their treatment, food, &c. He told them that they would be soon exchanged, and rallied them generally to keep up good spirits. Prentiss was in excellent temper. He owned up to a defeat on Sunday, but said that the rebels were badly whipped on Monday. The prisoners were being sent to Richmond. Our informant was in Huntsville when Mitchell reached there with his division. The seizure of that place was a complete surprise, and the occupation of the railroad between Decatur and Stevenson, was regarded as the hardest blow the rebels had yet received. The rebels were preparing to make a desperate stand at Corinth, and fresh troops were constantly arriving at Memphis when he left. Business at Memphis was almost entirely stagnated, and the people generally seem to believe that they are on the eve of events which will speedily decide the war.

Rev. D. R. McAnally, editor of the Christian Advocate, has been arrested and placed in military prison and his paper suppressed, for publishing treasonable matter. This arrest causes no surprise, as the course of McAnally’s paper for some time past, has been very obnoxious to the officers of the Government.

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Wednesday Morning, April 23, 1862, p. 2

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