The Civil War in Missouri

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Bombardment of Island “Number Ten” in the Mississippi River

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Confederate batteries set up fortifications at Island No. 10, near New Madrid, Missouri, early in the war in order to secure the lower Mississippi River. But with a battering by Federal gunboats, Union forces defeated the Confederates on the island and claimed 5,000 prisoners. The Union fleet had started to open the Mississippi to further campaigns downriver.