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The Battle of Island Number 10 February 28 - April 8, 1862, US Civil War

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The Battle of Island #10 was also known as the Siege of Island #10 as well as the Battle of New Madrid, MO. The island itself is in Tennessee, lying in the Mississippi River near the Tennessee/Kentucky border.

The Fight

Date: February 28 – April 8, 1862

Location: Mississippi River, at Kentucky-Tennessee border; near New Madrid, Missouri

Result: Union victory

United States United States (Union)

  • John Pope & Andrew H. Foote
  • Army of the Mississippi & Western Gunboat Flotilla (6 gunboats, 11 mortar rafts)
  • 23 killed
  • 50 wounded
  • 5 missing

Confederate States of America CSA (Confederacy)

  • John P. McCown & William W. Mackall
  • Garrisons of New Madrid and Island No. 10 (approx. 7,000)
  • 30 killed & wounded
  • 7,000 surrendered


March 3

  • New Madrid, Mo. — 5th Iowa, 59th Ind., 39th and 63d Ohio, 2d Mich. Cav., 7th Ill. Cav. — Union 1 killed, 3 wounded.

March 13

  • New Madrid, Mo. — 10th and 16th Ill., 27th, 39th, 43d and 63d Ohio, 3d Mich. Cav., 1st U. S. Inft., Bissell's Mo. Engineers. — Union 50 wounded. — Confed. 100 wounded.

April 8

  • Island #10 -- Military units: Maj.-Gen. Pope's command and the Navy, under Flag-officer Foote.
  • Losses: Confederacy 17 killed, 3,000 prisoners