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Doc. 28.-capture of Fort Henry, Tenn. Report of General Grant. headquarters District of Cairo, Fort Henry, Tenn., Feb. 6. Capt. J. C. Kelton, A. A., General Department of Mo., St. Louis, Mo.: Captain: Enclosed I send you my order for the attack upon Fort Henry. Owing to despatches received from Major-Gen. Halleck, and corroborating information here, to the effect that the enemy were rapidly reinforcing, I thought it imperatively necessary that the Fort should be carried to-day. Mll be ordered to report to Flag-Officer Foote, as sharpshooters, on board the gunboats. By order, U. S. Grant, Brigadier-General Commanding. Despatch of Flag-officer Foote. U. S. Flag-ship Cincinnati, off Fort Henry, Tennessee River, Feb. 6. The gunboats under my command, the Essex, Commander Porter; the Carondelet, Commander Walke; the Cincinnati, Commander Stembel; the St. Louis, Lieut. Commanding Paulding; the Conestoga, Lieut. Commanding Phelps; the Tyler, Lieut. Commanding G
ally evacuated. The favorite mode of warfare of the sons of chivalry will probably blossom forth here in true Southern exuberance, namely, the masked battery. February 6. The signal to weigh anchor was hoisted at the mast-head of the flag-ship, at eight o'clock this morning; the weather being dark, and the horizon filled withsent resources of the Confederacy, it is impossible to hold such a point as Roanoke Island, where a large hostile fleet can be brought into action. On the sixth of February, Corn. Lynch received intimation that Burnside's fleet was slowly feeling its way up Pamlico Sound. He at once sent the Curlew down to make a reconnoissanctten. We are in possession of facts connected with that fight, which we shall lay before the public for calm and impartial judgment. On the morning of the sixth February, sixty vessels of the enemy appeared to the south of Roanoke Island. All day they were assembling, and early on the morning of the seventh, the signal for th