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1862 January 31: Will General Butler Resume Command in New Orleans?

January 31, 2013

The following summary of the week’s war news comes from the January 31, 1863, issue of The Polk County Press.

The Latest News.

Richmond refugees who have arrived at Washington report that there was great excitement at Richmond, owing to the report that a force of eighty thousand Federals were marching on Weldon, that fifteen thousand of Jackson’s division, passed through Richmond last week on their way South.

The California legislature has not yet succeeded in electing a U.S. Senator and are looking for a compromise candidate.

The subject of reorganizing the 38 New York Regiments, whose terms of enlistment expire next summer is being agitated in that State.

The new Governor of Delaware expresses strong Union and Emancipation sentiments in his inaugural.¹

It is reported that the rebel troops have been removed from Mobile, except three thousand now garrisoning Forts Gaines and Morgan.

Gen. Buckner [Simon Bolivar Buckner] says that he will burn the city [Mobile, Alabama] rather than surrender to the United States forces.

Advices from Memphis say that Gen. Gorman [Willis A. Gorman], with most of his force moved in some direction unknown, and that good news may be expected from him soon.

Mound City, Arkansas, a guerrilla rendezvous, was burned on the 21stinst. by our troops.

It is positively stated that General Butler [Benjamin F. Butler] will resume command of the Gulf Department again, his headquarters first to be New Orleans, and soon at a higher point on the Mississippi.  This determination in regard to his was arrived at immediately after his departure from Washingtion for the North.  It was the inevitable result of his conference with the President and Heads of Departments.

A despatch from Memphis says that on Thursday, a detachment of the 22d Missouri, carrying dispatches from Helena to Clarendon, were attacked by rebels.  Seventeen of the latter were captured after a smart skirmish.  We killed a rebel Lieutenant and six of his men.

The Confederates made a raid into Holly Springs on last Monday.  A large number of negroes left behind by the Federals were attacked, and several killed.  The rest were sent South to be again sold into slavery.

Last Sunday, the 3d Michigan cavalry skirmished and drove Richardson’s² cavalry across the South Hatchie river, with a loss of six men.

Daily Skirmishes occur near Corinth, and an attack is constantly looked for.

1.  William Cannon (1809-1865) was the 40th governor of Delaware, serving from January 20, 1863 until his death on March 1, 1865.
2.  Robert Vinkler Richardson (1820-1870) was a lawyer in Memphis, Tennessee, before the Civil War. Early in the War, he served under Gideon J. Pillow and was the colonel of the 12th Tennessee Cavalry.  He participated in the Battle of Shiloh and the Siege of Corinth. In 1863 he will be promoted to brigadier general.

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