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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 4. (ed. Frank Moore) 16 0 Browse Search
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el received one shot in her boiler, that disabled her, killing and wounding some thirty-two men, Capt. Porter among the wounded. I remain your obedient servant, U. S. Grant, Brigadier-General. headquarters District of Cairo, camp in field, near Fort Henry, Feb. 5, 1862. General orders, No. 1: The First division, Gen. McClernand Commanding, will move at eleven o'clock A. M., to-morrow, under the guidance of Lieut.-Col. McPherson, and take a position on the roads from Fort Henry to Donelson and Dover. It will be the special duty of this command to prevent all reenforcements to Fort Henry or escape from it. Also, to be held in readiness to charge and take Fort Henry by storm, promptly on the receipt of orders. Two brigades of the Second division, Gen. C. F. Smith Commanding, will start at the same hour from the west bank of the river, and take and occupy the heights commanding Fort Henry. This point will be held by so much artillery as can be made available, and such oth
sent a flag of truce to the enemy for an armistice of six hours to negotiate for terms of capitulation. Before this flag and communication were delivered, I retired from the garrison. Before closing my report of the operations of the army of Donelson, I must, in justice to the officers and forces under my immediate command, say that harder fighting or more gallant conduct in officers and men, I have never witnessed. In the absence of official reports of brigade and regimental commanders, (ottle town of Dover. Appearance of Fort Donelson. The first thing that strikes one upon entering Fort Donelson, is its immense strength. Fort Henry was thought to be almost a Gibraltar, but its strength is weakness when compared to that of Donelson. Along Dover, the Cumberland River runs nearly north. A half-mile or so below it makes a short bend to the west for some hundred yards or so, and then turns again, and pursues its natural course due north. Right in this bend on the left bank
damage than to literally perforate her smoke — stack, and slightly wound a setter belonging to some of the crew. At Lucas Bend, last September, she silenced a battery of twelve pieces that suddenly opened upon her from the shore; at Henry and Donelson the iron shower fell all around her; time and again has she been opened upon by batteries which the rebels had stationed on the river-bank for her special benefit; scores of times have rebel riflemen poured a heavy fire upon her as she steamed bnion sentiment, in this portion of the State, will develop itself to an extent that will overwhelm the traitors beyond redemption. Another week will witness a change of the greatest magnitude. The river-banks, and the country adjoining, from Donelson up to Nashville, are of a most charming character. The bluffs, on either side, are broken, now towering up three hundred feet, a square, solid wall of rock, again isolated conical peaks, whose tops are green with cedars; here and there sweeping
their conduct is especially to be noted and imitated. I mean the skill each one showed in avoiding unnecessary exposure of his soldiers. They are proud of what the division achieved — and, like myself, they are equally proud that it was all done with so little loss of their brave men. Of my regiments I find it impossible to say enough: excepting the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Indiana. and Twentieth Ohio, all had participated in the battle of Donelson. But this was a greater than Donelson, and consequently a more terrible ordeal in which to test what may be a thing of glory or shame — the courage of an untried regiment. How well they all behaved I sum up in the boast — not a man, officer or soldier, flinched; none but the wounded went to the Landing. Ohio, Indiana, Missouri and Nebraska, will be proud of the steadfast Third division, and so am I. Capt. Thompson and Lieut. Thurber and their officers and men have already been spoken of. My acknowledgments are again give<
stances attending the daring exploit of that boat: Henry Walke, U. S.N. R. M. Wade, First Master. Relieved by Wm. R. Hoel, First Master of U. S. gunboat Cincinnati Richard H. Cutter, Second Master. Edward C. Brenard, Third Master. O. Donelson, Fourth Master. Daniel Weaver, John Deming, Pilots. Joseph S. McNeely, Surgeon. Geo. J. W. Nixson, Paymaster. W. H. Faulkner, Chief-Engineer. Chas. H. Caven, First Assistant. Samuel Brooks, Second Assistant. A. T. Crowel, Third Assistant. Francis Buford, Gunner. T. S. Gillmore, Master's Mate. J. S. Gilpson, Master's Mate. Oliver Donelson, Carpenter. R. J. Van Ness, Paymaster's Clerk. tip. the letter of thanks. The following letter of thanks was issued from the Navy Department, addressed to Flag-Officer Foote: Navy Department, April 12, 1862. Sir: The Department desires to convey to the commander, Henry Walke, and the officers and men of the Carondelet, also to Acting First Master Hoel,