Union soldiers and sailors carry out a daring night raid on Confederate defenses near Island Number Ten
04/01/1862 to 04/02/1862
In the midst of a violent storm, forty men of the 42nd Illinois in five boats from Commodore A.H. Foote's squadron made a daring overnight raid on the upper defences of the Confederate installations at Island Number 10 in the Mississippi River near New Madrid, Missouri. Overrunning one of the outlying forts, the force, under Colonel George W. Roberts, spiked the six heavy guns there and returned without suffering casualties. Hailed as a hero across the North, Roberts was later killed in action with his regiment on New Year's Eve, 1862. (By John Osborne)
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1862), IV: 354-355.