Bygones of Monroe:
The Sixth Regiment
By a private letter received from Lieut. Col. T.S. Clark on Saturday last, we learn that the Regiment arrived at Ship Island, Mississippi on the 12th inst, after six days voyage from Fortress Monroe, in good health and spirits. A very severe storm was encountered on the voyage, but the ship rode it out well. He describes the Island as a desolate and dreary place. The thermometer was at about 90 degrees above zero. Commodore Porter’s fleet of 30 mortar boats was there and it was expected that as soon as General Butler should arrive an attack would be made on Mississippi City distant about 12 miles from the Island, and that they would proceed thence to New Orleans.
(Monroe Commercial, March 27, 1862)