APRIL 7TH, 1862: The USS Pittsburg, Lt. Egbert Thompson, ran past the batteries at Island No. 10 and joined the USS Carondelet below it in covering the crossing of Major General Pope's army to the Tennessee side of the Mississippi River to move against Island No. 10.
The General's words to Flag officer Foote attested to the importance he attached to naval support: "...the lives of thousands of men and the success of our operations hang upon your decision. With the two boats all is safe...."