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Fort Henry, at 10-A. M., and by a message from Colonel Heiman, received at 3z P. M., that the enemy were landing. He and Gilmer returned to Fort Henry that night, arriving there at midnight. The 5th of February and the morning of the 6th were spent in his report in one place that his force was 2,734 effective troops at Fort Henry, in another that it was 2,610; and General Gilmer puts it at about 3,200. A careful examination of the returns satisfies the writer that the latter statement is nearlwith courtesy, though the contrary has sometimes been alleged. In a letter written to General Pillow, February 10th, Colonel Gilmer expressed the opinion that the comparatively small damage done to the gunboats was due in great measure to the want owho served the guns, and not to the invulnerability of the boats themselves. When the surrender was determined on, Colonel Gilmer and a few others, unwilling to be included in it, escaped, and made their way an foot to Fort Donelson. The troops r
uch damage, with the necessary short range on the Cumberland, we should destroy their boats. Gilmer, after his escape from Henry, stopped at Donelson; and, with General Johnston's authority, engagffering very much this cold weather. Writing to General Johnston the same day, the 10th, Colonel Gilmer says : The attack expected here is a combined one-gunboats by water, and a land-force ie meant that it had no strategic importance, but merely that it was not judiciously located; for Gilmer says in his report what was quite evident, The surrender of Fort Donelson made Nashville untenab continually strengthened by the labors of the soldiers, until Donelson itself was surrendered. Gilmer laid off the works with his accustomed judgment and skill; and, although rudely and tardily exec morning of the 12th. It had been located under the direction of that able engineer-officer, Major Gilmer, near the crests of a series of ridges which sloped backward to the river, and were again com