Sunday, September 12, 2010

From Corinth

CAIRO, May 6. – Up to Monday night no general engagement hat taken place at Corinth.

Orders had been issued to the troops to march on Sunday night but the movement was prevented by the condition of the roads which heavy rains had made impassable.

On Sunday morning Gen. Pope, by placing a battery of artillery in open field at Farrington in sight of three regiments of rebels, succeeded in tolling them on to take the battery, and then took the whole force prisoners, numbering nearly 2,000.

Several deserters came into our camp on Monday and [reported] that great dissatisfaction exists in the rebel army, both among officers and men.

Beauregard had made a speech to some of his troops that he would make a desperate stand and force the Federal army to retreat, and appealed to them to stand by him.

A band of guerrillas still maintain warfare on al passing steamboats, and on Sunday drove in our picket around Savannah, but fled on approach of our infantry.

The gunboat Tyler is not plying between Clifton and Pittsburgh Landing, shelling the woods where the rebels are supposed to be located.

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

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