Thursday, August 1, 2013

From Pittsburg Landing

PITTSBURG, Tenn., May 3. – 9 P. M.

Six deserters arrived yesterday, and 10 to-day.  All confirm the capture of New Orleans.  A few days ago, one Tennessee, and one Mississippi regiment of 12 month men, stacjed their arms, their time having expired, and refused to serve any longer though required by the Conscript-law.  Beauregard put 2 regiments to guard them.

20 deserted yesterday and numbers are leaving daily.

All rumors of a battle here or in vicinity unfounded in fact.  Weather clear, roads will be [passable] in a day or two, so the army can advance.

Hospital boats and stores are arriving [daily].  Gen. Finnell of Ky. and a host of surgeons and nurses arrived to-day.

PITTSBURG LANDING, via Louisville,
May 3.

The following dispatch, dated near Farmington, has been received at headquarters:  A reconnoissance sent towards Farmington found the enemy 4,500 strong, with four pieces of artillery and some cavalry, occupying a strong position near the town.  Our forces advanced at once to the assault, and after a short skirmish carried the position in handsome style.  The enemy left their dead on the field; also tents and baggage.  The cavalry are pursuing them.  The whole affair was very handsome – our regiments charging the battery and their line of infantry at double quick.  The enemy fled in wild confusion.  A regiment of cavalry sent through to Boonville took possession of the town, tore up the railroad track, and destroyed two bridges.  We have a good many prisoners; can’t tell how many yet.  Our loss was two killed and twelve wounded,

Maj. Gen.

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Tuesday Morning, May 6, 1862, p. 2

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