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ee, and establish and hold a large camp there.
On the same day Foote telegraphed Halleck that Fort Henry could be carried with four iron-clad gunboats and troops to permanently occupy it, and for authority to move.
On January 29th Grant wrote Halleck fully, urging an immediate advance and attack on Fort Henry, and thence on Fort Donelson, Memphis, or Columbus.
Halleck gave the fullest authority, and instructions, also, for the execution of the plan.
On the 2d of February Grant started from Cairo with 17,000 men on transports.
Foote accompanied him with seven gunboats, and on the 4th the debarkation began at Bailey's Ferry, on the east bank, three miles below Fort Henry.
The only practicable approaches to the fort by land were double this distance.
Grant himself took command on the east bank, with the main column; while C. F. Smith, with two brigades — some 5,000 or 6,000 men-landed on the left bank, with orders to take the earthwork opposite Fort