Readers of the April 5, 1862 Elkhart Review knew that a battle was looming, and that at least two local regiments would be involved. The very next day, at Pittsburg Landing, the battle we know as Shiloh commenced. Reports of that battle would not be published until the following week, though rumors of that terrible conflict would surely be circulating a few days after the battle.
The Country where General Grant is Operating
As a number of Indiana regiments are in the division of the army operating against Corinth, Mississippi, among them the 9th and 44th, we think the following description of the topography of the country, taken from the Memphis Appeal, will interest our readers:
“The topography of the country of Tennessee River is very little understood, especially as regards the valley of the river. The landings of the Tennessee River, above the mouth to Pittsburg, are peculiarly unfortunate for large settlements or towns on the banks. The great portion of banks to these points are low, marshy, and subject to overflow. The high bluffs descending to the river merely furnish landings for freights, which are conveyed through the high hills, ravines, and different roads to the interior, where the plantations exist. Hence the want of great towns on the river; also the want of large settlements. From the unhealthy state of the climate in summer, after the large spring overflows, ague and fever are very prevalent along the shores.
“Corinth is a very important strategical point. It is situated in a hilly, semi-mountainous country—a branch of the Appalachian range, which diverges from the Allegheny Mountains, and forms the mountains and gold-bearing regions of Georgia and Alabama. Here are also (sic), is the is the junction of the or the Memphis and Charleston and Mobile and Charleston Railroad companies, and forms (sic) the the intact communication of the Atlantic and Gulf seaboards, and which is very important to us, as it would be to the Yankees, were they ever masters of this point.”
THE NEXT BATTLE WITH THE REBELS
It is now generally believed that the next hard fight will take place at or near Corinth, Mississippi,where it is said a large rebel force is accumulating under Beauregard and Polk.
Corinth is a village in Tishemingo county, Mississippi, usually called Farmington on the maps. It lies at the junction of the Mobile and Ohio with the Memphis and Charleston railroads. The possession of this point commanding the two railroads, one leading to Memphis and the other through Western Tennessee, is important to the insurgents.