906 KY., TENN., N. MISS., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. [CHAP. XXII.
JUNE 6, 1862.—Naval engagement off Memphis, Tenn., and occupation of
that city by Union forces.
No. 1.—Col. Graham N. Fitch, Forty-sixth Indiana Infantry.
No. 2.—Brig. Gen. William K. Strong, U. S. Army.
No. 3.—Flag-Officer C. H. Davis, U. S. Navy.
No. 4.—Col. Charles Ellet, jr., with congratulatory letter from Hon. Edwin M. Stanton,
Secretary of War.*
No. 5.—Correspondence relating to the occupation of Memphis, Tenn.
No. 6.—Brig. Gen. M. Jeff. Thompson, Missouri State Guard.
No. 7.—Brig. Gen. Daniel Ruggles, C. S. Army.
Report of Col. Graham N. Fitch, Forty-sixth Indiana Infantry.
STEAMER H. VON PIIUL,
City of Memphis, June 6, 1862.
The rebel fleet was found moored at this place, and fired upon our
rams and gunboats at 5.30 a. m. to-day. A fierce engagement of one
and a half hours. All of the rebel gunboats but one were sunk or cap-
tured. I take military possession of the city at 3 p.. m.
G. N. FITCH,
Major-General POPE. Colonel, Commanding.
Report of Brig. Gen. William K. Strong, U. S. Army.
CAIRO, June 8, 1862.
Friday morning our gunboats made attack on enemy's gunboats at
Memphis. They had eight, including rams. All destroyed or captured
but one, the Van Dorn, in one hour. Our ram fleet did good service.
Enemy's loss about 100 killed and 4 taken prisoners. None hurt on our
side but Colonel Ellet, of ram fleet, slightly. Flag-Officer Davis de-
manded surrender of city. Mayor complied. Our flag placed upon
the post-office, and all rebel flags in city and cotton yards taken down
by Colonel Fitch with detachments from Forty-third and Forty-seventh
Indiana. Five thousand persons on bluff looking on battle ; Jeff.
Thompson among them, mounted, soon disappeared. Montgomery ran
his boat ashore and escaped to the woods with his crew. The gunboat
Van Dorn was the only one escaped. Troops had all left Memphis
Thursday. People acquiesced in new order of things. Everything quiet
when steamer left.
Major-General HALLECK. WM. K. STRONG,
*For incomplete report of Colonel Ellet, received too late for insertion here, see