ST. LOUIS, March 16.
A special to the Democrat, dated on board the transport Alps, Hickman, Ky., 18th, contains the following from Southern papers:
The Memphis Appeal says that two rebel transports ran Gen. Pope’s battery at Point Pleasant on Wednesday last.
A letter from New Madrid of the 11th, pronounces the fort at that point impregnable; that it would be made the American Thermopylae. This, however, did not prevent the rebels from evacuating the place as soon as Pope contracted his lines around it.
The Florence Gazette says that the Federals have landed a large force at Savannah, on the Tennessee river.
The Appeal also contains a dispatch dated Clarksville, Ark., 12th, which says that Van Dorn and Price’s armies, with their baggage train, are save in Boston Mountains.
ST. LOUIS, March 14.
A dispatch from Savannah, Tenn., to the Democrat, says the expedition up the Tennessee river have nearly all arrived here, and the fleet is now on the point of proceeding further up the river.
The expedition is commanded by Gen. C. F. Smith, with Gens. Sherman, McClernand, Hurlbut and Wallace as division commanders. The force is large and fully able to conquer any army the rebels can bring against it.
Gen. Grant remains in command at Fort Henry.
The enemy’s force in this section is variously estimated at from 30,000 to 100,000 men.
Gen. Wallace’s division went to Purdy, McMary county, yesterday, burned the bridge and took up the tracks leading from Humboldt to Corinth, Miss., cutting off a train heavily laden with troops, which arrived just as the bridge was burning.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Tuesday Morning, March 18, 1862, p. 2