CHICAGO, March 26. – Special dispatches to the Times, from Cairo, says that our Nashville Correspondent arrived by boat from that place yesterday.
Advices from Memphis represent that city as being in great consternation, from our progress down the Mississippi. They do not propose to make a stand there in case the upper forts are taken, and have given up burning the city.
Gov. Johnson has put the Nashville newspapers under military rule, and has suspended on or two of them.
Troops are still pouring in. Six or eight boat loads arrived on Sunday last.
Gov. Johnson had done nothing except to issue a proclamation of conciliatory character, in which he said he desired to win the people back to the Union, but should deal vigorously with treason.
Mr. Etheridge made a speech, in which he brought in the nigger question, said that slavery would be abolished if the rebels could be conquered in no other way.
The new government was to get into operation this week, and warning was given that any one uttering treason would be arrested.
The Union feeling is gaining ground, but secesh pickets hang about our out posts and many skirmishes occur.
The guerrilla, Morgan, who captured the Louisville train, came into the city in disguise, and was recognized at the City Hotel, was surrounded and searched, but he had destroyed all evidence of his treachery. He has many accomplices in the city and is regarded as a bold and dangerous man. He came in once driving a farmer’s team.
The Louisville Railroad is repaired, and trains again running, and will now be well guarded.
Business is pretty much resumed in Nashville. All stores open, and many army sutlers trading; prices much reduced.
Nothing from Island No. 10 since last night.
ST. LOUIS, March 26. – The Republican’s Cairo correspondent says:
Persons who left Memphis report Beauregard, Polk, Cheatem [sic], and Clark at our near Corinth, Mississippi, where it is expected a great battle will soon be fought.
The rebels at Island No. 10 have not burned their transports and barges as previously reported, but were transporting cannon and ammunition from the Island to the main land. They communicated by signal lights with their forces at Union City night before last.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, March 29, 1862, p. 3