Island #10 – Apr. 7, 1862
REBEL STRONGHOLD FALLS TO UNION
The Union's naval forces have successfully gained control of a Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River, it was disclosed today. One of the islands which the South has been using to great advantage was seized by General John Pope, when Union ironclads fired relentlessly on it. A small Confederate fleet tried to repel the attack, but offered little resistance to the powerful flotilla. Thousands of spectators who watched the battle from the shore, saw several Confederate ships sunk and other Southern boats burned or captured. With Union boats steaming up and down the Mississippi, Memphis surrendered to the North. News of the victory sent Washington into a joyous uproar.