The Military Memoirs of General John Pope

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Chapter Five
We Sauntered Along Slowly

The moment Island No. Ten was in our hands, it became necessary to consider what was next to be done. Whilst the operations there were going on the enemy had fortified Fort Pillow and garrisoned it strongly. In a few days after the capture of the island, the surrendered prisoners had been sent to the rear, and boats on which to embark my command for the work at Fort Pillow had begun to arrive from above. At the end of a week we were ready to move. 1 About thirty steamboats, big and little, had been sent us and on these the troops were embarked. When all was ready Commodore Foote with his gunboats took the lead and the great convoy of steamers followed, each brigade and division being kept together and following in the order assigned them. It was a grand sight, this great fleet descending the great river and loaded with men and munitions of war. The health of the command was excellent and their spirits bordering on the boisterous. They had been supremely success

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