Sunday, June 10, 2012

Tuesday, June 10, 1862

Mrs. Terril ironed today.
Yesterday's Gazette gives an account of the capture of the city of Memphis, Tenn., after a spiritied gunboat fight off the city.  Com. Davis (who is the successor of the excellent and brave Com. Foote whose wounds rendered it necessary to retire from service for a season) managed the affair admirably.

Peggy's comments:

 "The Total Annihilation of the Rebel Fleet by the Federal Fleet under Commodore Davis." 
"On the Morning of June 6th 1862, off Memphis, Ten."

Lithograph by Middleton, Strobridge & Co. In the foreground, the print depicts the Confederate ships (from left to right): General M. Jeff Thompson  (shown sinking); Little Rebel  (shown burning); General Sterling Price ; General Beauregard  (shown being rammed by the Ellet Ram Monarch ); General Bragg  (shown aground) and Colonel Lovell  (shown sinking).
In the background are the Federal warships (from left to right): Queen of the West ; Cairo ; Carondelet ; Louisville ; Saint Louis ; a tug; and Benton . The city of Memphis is in the right distance, with a wharf boat by the shore.

Photo from the Naval Historical Foundation

USS Cairo today
Photograph courtesy of Amy Green, used with permission

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