Sunday, September 12, 2010

From Cairo

CAIRO, May 6. – the steamer Ella, from Pittsburg Landing, with advices of the 5th has arrived.

Gen. Halleck has issued an order restraining civilians and all others from visiting the army.

The steamers going up the Tennessee during the past week have been crowded with civilians, going to gratify their curiosity by the sight of a battlefield. None of these have been allowed to pass the lines.

Four deserters came in on Sunday and reported that the enemy had not evacuated Corinth but on the contrary had been largely reinforced of late. Other deserters, however, report that Beauregard has withdrawn the greater part of his forces. It has been impossible to ascertain which of these reports are correct.

The guerrilla Morgan, again, made an attack upon our pickets at Savannah on Saturday, but was driven back after a slight skirmish.

The steamer Brown reached here this morning from Fort Pillow, but brought nothing of interest.

The rebel fleet had not made its promised attack, but preparations were quietly making for an active bombardment of the rebel stronghold.

At the election held here to-day, for member of Congress from the 9th Congressional District, votes were cast as follows:

Judge Allen of Williamson county, 210; Haynie, 83; Marshall 29; Dougherty 22; Stone 1.

The nomination of M. V. Strong, for Assistant Adjutant General, on the staff of General Strong, now in command of this post, has been confirmed by the Senate.

The steamer Brown which arrived here this p.m., from above, brought intelligence that a party of Capt. Hafen’s company of Flying Artillery, while out on a scouting excursion near Paducah, last night, were captured by a company of rebel guerrillas.

CAIRO, May 7. – No intelligence from Pittsburgh Landing has been received within the last twenty four hours.

Arrivals from Commodore Foote’s flotilla report no change in the movements below.

A number of our cavalry from Fort Herman were attacked by a force of rebel cavalry while out on scouting duty and driven into Paducah.

Fugitives report that several of their comrades had been taken prisoners. But little credit is given to the report that two of them made their way to Columbus, and it is suppose that others have by this time returned to their camp.

All the fortifications on the Mississippi have recently been strengthened under the supervision of Lieut. Col. Duff, 2d Illinois artillery so that they command the river from below as well as above.

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, May 10, 1862, p. 3

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