War of the Rebellion: Serial 010 Page 0906 KY.,TENN.,N.MISS., N.ALA., AND SW.VA. Chapter XXII.

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JUNE 6, 1862.-Naval engagement off Memphis, Tenn., and occupation of that city by Union forces.


No. 1.-Col. Graham N. Fitch, Forty-sixth Indiana Cavalry.

No. 2.-Brig. Gen. William K. Strong, U. S. Army.

No. 3.-Flag-Officer C. H. Davis, U. S. Navy.

No. 4.-Col. Charles Ellet,jr.,with congratulatory letter from Hon. Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War.*

No. 5.-Correspondence relating to the occupation of Memphis, Tenn.

No. 6.-Brig. Gen. M. Jeff. Thompson, Missouri State Guard.

No. 7.-Brig. Gen. Daniel Ruggles, C. S. Army.

No. 1 Report of Col. Graham N. Fitch, Forty-sixth Indiana Infantry.


City of Memphis, June 6, 1862.

The rebel fleet was found moored at this place, and fired upon our rams and gunboats at 5.30 a.m. to-day. A fierce engagement of one and a half hours. All of the rebel gunboats but one were sunk or captured. I take military possession of the city at 3 p.m.


Colonel, Commanding.

Major-General POPE.

No. 2 Report of Brig. Gen. William K. Strong, U. S. Army.

CAIRO, June 8, 1862.

Friday morning our gunboats made attack on enemy's gunboats at Memphis. They had eight, including rams. All destroyed or captured but one, the Van Dorn, in one hour. Our ram fleet did good service. Enemy's loss about 100 killed and 4 taken prisoners. None hurt on our side but Colonel Ellet, of ram fleet, slightly. Flag-Officer Davis demanded surrender of city. Mayor complied. Our flag placed upon the post-office, and all rebel flags in city and cotton yards taken down by Colonel Fitch with detachments from Forty-third and Forty-seventh Indiana. Five thousand persons on bluff looking on battle; Jeff. Thompson among them, mounted, soon disappeared. Montgomery ran his boat ashore and escaped to the woods with his crew. The gunboat Van Dorn was the only one escaped. Troops had all left Memphis Thursday. People acquiesced in new order of things. Everything quiet when steamer left.



Major-General HALLECK.


*For incomplete report of Colonel Ellet, received too late for insertion here, see p.925.