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BIRD'S POINT, MISSOURI,
OPPOSITE CAIRO, NOW OCCUPIED BY MISSOURI TROOPS.—SKETCHED BY ALEXANDER SIMPLOT.
PLACING THE HEAVY ORDNANCE IN
POSITION AT CAIRO, ILLINOIS.—SKETCHED BY ALEXANDER SIMPLOT.
DEMOLITION OF THE OLD
DISTILLERY AT CAIRO, TO MAKE ROOM FOR FORT DEFIANCE.—SKETCHED BY ALEXANDER
OUR CAIRO SKETCHES.
ON this page we publish a view of
BIRD'S POINT, opposite Cairo, on the Mississippi, which has just been occupied,
and is being fortified by the Missouri Volunteers; a picture of the ARRIVAL OF
HEAVY ORDNANCE AT CAIRO; and another of the DESTRUCTION OF THE OLD DISTILLERY ON
THE POINT, to make room for the new Fort Defiance. All three are from sketches
of our correspondent, Mr. Alexander Simplot.
In sending us the last two he
CAIRO, ILLINOIS, May 31,
Inclosed please find a sketch of
the heavy ordnance received at Cairo May ‘28, 1861. The army here have lately
received three 32-pounders, three 24-pounders, a howitzer, and an 8-inch mortar,
and were yesterday mounting and putting them in position. They are
formidable-looking instruments, and have proved a great source of argumentation
among the soldiers as to their relative qualification of doing mischief. The
general opinion, however, on the subject seems to be that they are "some."
Naturally their arrival caused quite an excitement among the military, and a
shout went up as they rolled into the
lines, doubtless as noisy as that
they are destined to emit from their iron throats.
In connection with this, I send
you another representing the demolition of the Distillery on the Point, directly
at the confluence of the two rivers. This Point commands the rivers in all
directions, and is to be and is now being strongly fortified. The building
represented in the sketch interfering with the proposed fortifications, had to
be taken down. The soldiers apparently enjoyed the fun amazingly, and working at
it with a will, soon razed it with the ground.
We shall continue to keep our
readers fully posted on the movements of our array at Cairo.
SERVICE AT CAMP DENNISON.
page 394 we publish a picture
of DIVINE. SERVICES AT CAMP DENNISON, OHIO, from a sketch sent us from
Cincinnati. Camp Dennison is pleasantly situated among the hills skirting the
Miami, on the Cincinnati and Columbus Railroad, about 18 miles from Cincinnati.
There are now about 12,000 men there. Our correspondent assures us that the men
seemed much subdued by the solemnity of the scene.