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On the back page of the Daily Missouri Republican of 25 MAR 1862 is noted: "The Iatan arrived yesterday from the Tennessee River."  Three days later, in the Friday edition, the paper reported:  "Captain James Gormley has resigned command of the steamer Empress and taken charge of Iatan. He will depart with her on Saturday..."

The voyage on Saturday from St. Louis was a short one: just a couple of miles south, where Iatan pulled up to Arsenal Dock. After spending much of the day loading stores, Captain Gormley was replaced by Captain Edds; and late on Saturday/ early on Sunday the steamer got underway "on a Government trip," down the Mississippi, up the Ohio, up the Tennessee... and briefly stopped at Fort Henry to report, and to pick up passengers (Lieutenant Derickson of the 16th Wisconsin, as well as several recovered patients from Illinois hospitals are known to have embarked.) Iatan continued up the Tennessee River and may have paused briefly at Savannah before reaching Pittsburg Landing, where she arrived on Tuesday, April 1st carrying enough munitions to start her own war:

  • 200 pieces 24 # solid shot                                                     4800 #
  • 200 pieces 32 # solid shot                                                     6400 #
  • 100 8-inch shells(Columbiad)                                                5000 #
  • 45 barrels explosive powder                                                   4680 #
  • 43 boxes of gunpowder                                                           6361 #
  • 2 boxes gunpowder                                                                    386 #

              Total weight of munitions                                                   27,627 pounds               


References:  L.B. Parsons Papers       

AQM Office (St. Louis Arsenal) Bill of Lading for 29 March 1862

Scapegoat of Shiloh by Kevin Getchell           

Daily Missouri Republican editions of March 25, 28 & 30 of 1862


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