AUGUST 22, 1861: Commander J. Rodgers reported that six hundred Confederate troops occupying Commerce, Missouri, withdrew at the approach of the Union gunboats. This action prevented them from constructing batteries at a location there that would have effectively impeded river navigation.
** The USS Lexington, Commander Stembel, seized the steamer W.B. Terry at Paducah, Kentucky, for trading with the Confederates.
** The steamer Samuel Orr was seized by Confederates at Paducah, Kentucky, and taken up the Tennessee River.
Must Have Been a Lot of Action Around Paducah. --Old B-Runner