s, and accustomed them to the hardships of a winter campaign.
In this demonstration, C. F. Smith moved his column in concert with the gunboats, returning by the left bank of the Tennessee to Paducah.
Lieutenant Phelps, of the Conestoga, after a reconnaissance as far as the Tennessee State line, made on the 7th of January, reported the water barely sufficient to float this boat, drawing five feet five inches.
He says, Fort Henry I have examined, and the work is formidable.
Again, on the 16th, he proceeded up the river, accompanied by the transport-steamer Wilson, having on board a force of 500-infantry and artillery — under Major Ellston, and anchored for the night near where the Tennessee line strikes the right bank of the river.
The next day they proceeded up the river, shelling the banks, and fired a few shells at Fort Henry, at two and a half miles distance, without effect.
Hoppin's Life of Foote, pp. 191, 192, and Confederate archives.
The transport then landed the t