War of the Rebellion: Serial 077 Page 0879 Chapter LI. ATTACK ON STEAMER BELLE SAINT LOUIS.

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On the Louisiana side we looked only for information, which I have had the honor previously to report. I believe a cavalry force necessary now upon the WEST bank of the river, to assist the gun- boats in preventing a crossing. I also captured and brought to this city 50,000 feet of lumber and 20,000 brick, which I can use to great advantage in making shelter for the men.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Colonel, Commanding Cavalry Forces.

Lieutenant Colonel T. H. HARRIS, Assistant Adjutant-General.

OCTOBER 26, 1864. - Affair in Scott County, Va.

Report of Colonel D. Howard Smith, Fifth Kentucky (Confederate) Cavalry.


Camp, Many Sinks, Scott County, Va., October 26, 1864.

MAJOR: My scouts killed this morning the notorious Captain Burleson, the leader and principal man of the gang of scoundrels that have infested this county for some time past. They also captured 3 others; 1 of them, John Gardner, is a very bad man; he was and still is a lieutenant in Palmer's company. Palmer is the worst man that has been in this county, next to Burleson. I feel that half of my labors are finished in the destruction of Burleson. I have sent to-day the prisoners to Bristol and turned them over to the commandant of post, with descriptive lists of each. I have instructed Lieutenant J. W. Doncaster, second lieutenant in Rowan's battery, Johnston's battalion of artillery, Army of Tennessee, to report to you under arrest. He came with a scout on Sunday last, in the immediate vicinity of my camp, and robbed and plundered several houses, impressed three horses without authority, and burned a house. He assumed the responsibility of these acts to me, and I thereupon released the other parties with a slight lecture. I have heretofore called your attention to the importance of punishing this class of offenders.


Colonel, Commanding.

Major J. STODDARD JohnSTON, Assistant Adjutant-General.

OCTOBER 27, 1864. - Attack on Steamer Belle Saint Louis at Fort Randolph, Tenn.


Numbers 1. - Colonel James N. McArthur, Fourth U. S. Colored Heavy Artillery, commanding post of Columbus, Ky.

Numbers 2. - Major William H. Jameson, Paymaster, U. S. Army.

Numbers 3. - Colonel Loren Kent, Twenty-ninth Illinois Infantry.

Numbers 1. Report of Colonel James N. McArthur, Fourth U. S. Colored Heavy Artillery, commanding post of Columbus, Ky.


Columbus, Ky., October 28, 1864.

GENERAL: The steamer Belle Saint Louis, coming up, while attempting to land at Fort Randolph at 12 o'clock last night, was attacked by 100