Oct 19 1862. I received the following report from Gen. Dodge of a skirmish at Island 10, in the Mississippi River near New Madrid Mo.
Report of Brigadier General Grenville M. Dodge, U. S. Army.
COLUMBUS, October 18, 1862
SIR: Colonel Faulkner, [Twelfth Kentucky Cavalry.], and 300 rebel cavalry attacked Island 10 yesterday at daylight.
Our forces whipped the enemy, taking Colonel Faulkner, Captain R. M. Meriwether, Captain H. B. Blakemore, Adjt. L. H. Johnson, and 12 enlisted men prisoners. The enemy’s loss in killed and wounded is severe; our loss 3 killed.
Major McNeil with re-enforcements from New Madrid had crossed Reelfoot Lake, below the Obion, and thinks he will cut off their retreat.
G. M. DODGE,
There is some question as to how to treat the captured Rebels. Are they prisoners of war or guerrilla outlaws? I wrote to Gen. Halleck for clarification.
JACKSON, TENN., October 19, 1862.
Major General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief:
We have Falkner, 3 of his officer, and 12 men. How shall they be treated? They claim to be regulars in the army and entitled to exchange. I think the officers at least should be held.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 6, p 157-8
O.R., I, xvii, part 1, p 460
O.R., I, xvii, part 2, p 281