CHICAGO, March 12. – A special dispatch from Cairo, March 11th, to the Tribune says: A brigade of our troops went around New Madrid on Saturday last and arrived Sunday at a small settlement on the Mississippi, called Point Pleasant, about ten miles below that place, and took possession of it. The occupation of this place by our troops cuts off communication of the rebels at New Madrid.
The bridge upon the Cairo and Fulton Railroad has been repaired and trains run regular from Bird’s Point to Scoville.
A large number of scouts from the 51st Illinois regiment arrived last night. The regiment is now with Gen. Pope.
Waterhouse’s Chicago Battery is now encamp[ed] just north of the city. Twenty-eight are on the sick list.
Brig.-Gen Cullom, Chief of Gen. Halleck’s Staff and Chief Engineer of the Department of Missouri, returns to St. Louis immediately, impaired health rendering a change necessary. – Gen. Strong relieves him.
Authentic news received says the rebels have strongly fortified Island No. 10. Our gunboats are thoroughly prepared for the emergency. – Steamers are also in readiness.
The Transport Hiawatha arrived this morning with supplies destined up the Tennessee.
The Times Special Cairo dispatch says it is learned that the rebels intend making a desperate stand at Fort Pillow.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, March 15, 1862, p. 3