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Sharp half-hour naval engagement on the Mississippi River below Fort Pillow in Tennessee

Naval battle at Plum Bend near Fort Pillow, Tennessee, May 10, 1862, zoomable image
05/10/1862
The short sharp naval encounter began around 7 a.m. near Plum Point Bend, four miles below Fort Pillow, when steamboats of the Confederate River Defense Fleet, commanded by Captain J.E. Montgomery, surprised the Union Mississippi RIver Squadron under Captain Charles Davis.  Taking time to get up steam, the Union vessels suffered from Confederate ramming and the Cincinnati and the Mound City were badly damaged. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1863), V: 124-127. 
Henry Walke, Naval Scenes and Reminiscences of the Civil War in the United States ... (New York: F.R. Reed & Company, 1877), 244-255.
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