Friday, December 23, 2011

From Island No. 10

Special to Chicago Times.

CAIRO, April 8 – 10 P. M.

I have been able to gather a few more particulars from Island No. 10.  478 prisoners, including 17 officers, 70 pieces of artillery, a large amount of ammunition, muskets and small arms, were captured on the island.  It is sad our mortar shells proved very destructive wherever they struck and exploded.  Great excavations were made in the earth.

It is reported that the Confederates had become perfectly demoralized.  In many cases entire regiments would refuse to obey orders.  Much ill feeling prevailed among the officers, and none, including the soldiers, had any confidence in their commanders.

No further information has been obtained in reference to the number of prisoners captured on the Tennessee shore, and it will be impossible to get any further before morning.

Much excitement prevails here over the news of the battle at Pittsburg.  It is regarded as most fortunate that Gen. Buell came up as he did with one division to re-inforce Gen. Grant.  It was evidently the expectation of Beauregard to fight the battle before Gen. Buell could form a junction with Gen. Grant.

We hope to get further particulars to-morrow.

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

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