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Capture of New Madrid

New Madrid
A. Simplot. "Views at New Madrid and Point Pleasant." From Harper's Weekly. New York, April 12, 1862. 9 1/8 x 13 1/2. Wood engraving. Very good condition.

The Confederate posts at New Madrid and Island 10, located on a double switch-back just a bit upstream from the town, were the main impediments to Union control of the Mississippi River south of the Ohio. In early March, General John Pope marched his troops south, taking New Madrid on March 14, as well as Point Pleasant, a Confederate position eleven miles downstream. Meanwhile, Commodore Andrew Foote, less aggressively inclined than Pope, had sailed his fleet of ironclads and mortar rafts to a position three miles upstream of Island 10, from whence he commenced bombarding the enemy. This print shows two scenes of New Madrid and one of Point Pleasant after being captured by Pope, whose portrait is also included. $35

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