ST. LOUIS, March 14. – The following is a copy of the official dispatch sent to the Secretary of War:
After several days’ skirmishing and a number of attempts by the enemy’s gun boats to dislodge Gen. Pope’s batteries at Point Pleasant the enemy has evacuated his entrenchments at New Madrid, leaving his artillery, field batteries, tents wagons, mules, &c., and an immense quantity of military stores. Gen. Hamilton has occupied the place. This was the last stronghold of the enemy in the state.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, March 22, 1862, p. 4