Friday, December 23, 2011

CHICAGO, April 9 [1862].

The Tribune’s special from Cairo, of the 8th says:

Boats commenced running to New Madrid to-day.  The river has fallen four feet within the last two days, greatly facilitating the operations of Gen. Pope opposite New Madrid.

H. Jesse K. Dubois is here, en route for the upper Tennessee.

Hon. Emerson Etheridge has telegraphed to three hundred citizens of Bourbon county, Tenn., driven out by the rebel troops, to come down and return with him.  They will probably leave to-morrow.

Reliable reports from Jeff. Thompson a week ago, place him in the swamps some eighty miles from here, with a few hundred marauders.  Several men who have heretofore been in his army, from the vicinity of Charleston, twelve miles from here, in Missouri, have petitioned Gen. Strong for privilege to take the oath and return to their allegiance.  The general authorized the county clerk, a good Union man, to take bonds and administer the oath.

Dr. Simons, medical director, leaves this evening for the Tennessee with two large hospital boats, most completely fitted out under the direction of J. E. Yeatman, of the St. Louis Sanitary Commission.  They contain eight hundred beds for the wounded.  The hospitals here have accommodations for 1,400.

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Thursday Morning, April 10, 1862, p. 2

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