NP, RD 4/21/1862

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch
April 21, 1862
The situation
From the North
   The progress of our army in Alabama is most satisfactory. A few days ago we were enabled to announce the occupation of Huntsville by General Mitchell. To day we can report a most important advance still farther South, on the authority of a dispatch received at the War Department from Nashville, stating that on Saturdaymorning two expeditions were started from Huntsville by railroad. One under Colonel Sill, of the 33d Ohio, went east to Stevenson, the junction of the {Nashville &} Chattanooga with the Memphis & Charleston Railroad, at which point they seized 2,000 of the enemy, and returned without firing a shot. Colonel Sill captured five locomotives and a large amount of rolling stock. The other expedition, under Colonel Turchin, of the 19th Illinois, went west {on the Memphis & Charleston RR} and arrived at Decatur in time to save the railroad bridge, which was then in flames.
   Gen. Mitchell now holds 100 miles of the Memphis & Charleston road, thus securing our position at Huntsville and its vicinity.