We are constantly hearing of desertions from the rebels to the Union armies, but a desertion from the Unionists to the rebels is of such rare occurrence that it deserves notice. It is said that two privates of one of the Indiana regiments accompanying the Mississippi flotilla, lately deserted and went over to the rebels at Ft. Pillow. It is further said the rebels pumped all the information from them they could, and then sent them South as prisoners of war. The cause for the desertion is reported to have reprimand for disorderly conduct.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Thursday Morning, May 15, 1862, p. 2