MISSISSIPPI FLOTILLA, OFF FT. PILLOW,
On board J. H. Dickey, May 13,
Our mortar boats, one of which, for the past three weeks has kept up a steady day bombardment on Ft. Pillow, from beneath the protection afforded by Craighead Point, were yesterday morning withdrawn and silenced, by order of Com. Davis, after firing one or two shells at dusk last evening. The rebels commenced shelling the place either from their works at the fort or from the Tennessee shore. They kept at their firing during the night, their shell bursting wide of the mark. They fired generally two mortars in quick succession, at intervals of about twenty minutes. They are provided with heavy mortars and shell, equaling in weight of metal and efficiency to those used by this fleet, and they are rapidly gaining in their gunnery. Our mortars thus far have remained silent.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Saturday Morning, May 17, 1862, p. 1