May 6, 1862: Creeping toward Corinth

General John Pope
John Pope

Various dispatches published by the New York Times indicate that the union troops were making progress southward from Pittsburg Landing. The report that Corinth had already been taken seemed plausible — after all, the battle of Shiloh happened a month earlier, and it’s only 20 miles. Actually, they had taken nearby Farmington, but Pope and Halleck weren’t rushing things, to put it mildly.

MONTEREY, Tenn., Tuesday, May 6.

Rain has fallen in torrents for the past thirty hours, putting the roads in a horrible condition.

Yesterday, the commanding General arrived from the camp near Pittsburgh Landing, and encamped near here.

Our pickets can distinctly hear the beat of drums, and the whistles of locomotives at Corinth.

Because of the horrible condition of the roads the army has not moved.

The enemy is receiving heavy reinforcements daily.

On Sunday last, BRAGG made a speech to his troops, assuring them that it was the intention of BEAUREGARD and his Generals to give the Federals battle at Corinth.

Great dissatisfaction prevails among the twelve-months’ men on account of the conscription act.

The roads are improving rapidly.

CAIRO, Tuesday, May 6.

The steamer Ella, from Pittsburgh Landing, last night, arrived this afternoon.

Gen. POPE, by placing a battery of artillery in the open field, near Farningham, in sight of the rebel regiments, succeeded in luring them on to take the battery, and took the whole force, numbering 2,000 prisoners.

Deserters report great dissatisfaction in the rebel army, both among the officers and men.

Gen. BEAUREGARD had made a speech to the troops, saying that he would make a desperate stand and force the National army to retreat, and appealed to them to stand by him.

Orders had been issued to the National troops to march Sunday night, but they were prevented by the condition of the roads, which the heavy rains had rendered impassable.

CHICAGO, Tuesday, May 6.

A report is current here that Gen. Pope’s army occupied Corinth on Sunday. Only a few rebel regiments were posted in front, who are said to have been taken prisoners.

A special to the Times, from Cairo 6th, says:

“The steamer Ed. Walsh reached here this morning from Pittsburgh Landing. The army had advanced from the river, but nothing was knots of its movements.

A drenching rain was falling, which had continued twenty-four hours without intermission.

A report is generally believed that Corinth was evacuated last night, and that our troops are in full possession.

LOUISVILLE, Tuesday, May 6.

A dispatch to the Louisville Journal says:

Gen. DUMONT, with portions of WOODFORD’s and SMITH’s Kentucky cavalry and WINKOOP’s Pennsylvania cavalry, attacked MORGAN and WOOD’s rebel cavalry, 800 in number, at Lebanon, on Monday morning at 4 o’clock. The rebels were utterly routed, a large number slain, 150 prisoners taken, and nearly all their horses and arms captured. They fled after fighting for one hour and a half. Gen. DUMONT is in full pursuit. He will capture the whole force. The prisoners will be here this evening. It was a brilliant affair, and was managed with great skill by Gen. DUMONT. MORGAN is reported killed. Col. SMITH is wounded in the leg. Col. WOODFORD is wounded in the abdomen, seriously. The rebels were completely surprised and outwitted.

CHICAGO, Tuesday, May 6.

A special dispatch to the Journal, from Paducah, 6th, says JEFF. THOMPSON is in Western Kentucky, with 1,000 cavalry. He came across a company of CURTISS’ Nebraska Horse yesterday, near Dresden, and scattered them in every direction. No loss of life. Quite an excitement exists in this county in relation to this raid of JEFF’s.

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