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of the District of southeast Missouri Seizes Paducah Sends a force to drive rebels into Arkansas ippi. Grant's first act was the seizure of Paducah, at the mouth of the Tennessee. The governorthese places were of military importance, and Paducah completely commands the navigation of both thont at St. Louis: I am getting ready to go to Paducah. Will start at six and a half o'clock. Stil the 5th, he wrote: I am now nearly ready for Paducah, should not telegram arrive preventing the more found in the town; but this movement saved Paducah and the control of the Ohio river. Grant stahere he received Fremont's permission to take Paducah if he felt strong enough. The next day, Brigf the neutrality of Kentucky. The seizure of Paducah was violently criticised by those whom it dis. Smith without opposition, a few weeks after Paducah. Several times Grant suggested the feasibiliregiment. General C. F. Smith, commanding at Paducah, was also requested to move out from that pla[2 more...]
cooperation with the army, this gunboat force at the West, was placed under General Halleck's orders. Halleck confirmed Grant in the command to which Fremont had assigned him, but changed its designation to the District of Cairo, and placed Paducah also within his jurisdiction. He kept Grant organizing and disciplining his troops for nearly two months, allowing no forward movement in all that time. But in the early part of January, 1862, in pursuance of orders from McClellan, then generalin-chief, Halleck sent directions to Grant, and the latter at once moved a force of six thousand men under McClernand, from Cairo and Bird's Point, towards Mayfield and Murray, in west Kentucky; he also sent C. F. Smith, with two brigades from Paducah, in the same direction, threatening Columbus and the rebel line between that place and Bowling Green. These movements were made in favor of certain operations of Buell in the Department of the Cumberland. The object, said Halleck, is to prevent
d the instructions of Halleck, and pushed forward the repairs of the railroad in his rear. But, after assuming command, on the 19th of October, Grant's first orders to Sherman were: Increase to the greatest possible strength your moving column, and, at the same time, secure your communications to your base of supplies. Communicate with Steele, and urge the necessity of his sending you the division of Kimball, of the Sixteenth corps. Sherman was also ordered to bring forward the troops at Paducah, and any that could be spared from guarding the line of railroad from Memphis to Corinth: Assign them to strengthen divisions already at the front. On the 24th, the day after he arrived at Chattanooga, Grant telegraphed to Sherman: Drop every thing east of Bear creek, and move with your entire force towards Stevenson, until you receive further orders. The enemy are evidently moving a large force towards Cleveland, and may break through our lines and move on Nashville, in which event your
ctate it for me. This was in harmony with the constant habit and purpose of Grant. In all his campaigns, he strove to take the initiative; experience had taught him that thus he was far more likely to succeed; but, before his experience began, he had acted on the same principle; his instincts prompted this course. His philosophy, like that of most men, was in accord with his character and temperament, and, probably, as much the result of these as the product of thought or experience. At Paducah, Belmont, Donelson, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga, he had been able to act on this plan; at Shiloh, Corinth, and Iuka, the enemy had taken the initiative. In the first cases, success amply confirmed his views; and, in the latter, the added difficulties which the course of the rebels imposed, were fully as strong corroboration. Immediately after the battle of Chattanooga, Bragg was relieved from the command of his army, and temporarily succeeded by Lieutenant-General Hardee. It is a little
ll be careful to select a proper officer to press them, and require a receipt to be given, and the articles pressed accounted for in the same manner as if purchased. You are particularly enjoined to allow no foraging by your men. It is demoralizing in the extreme, and is apt to make open enemies where they would not otherwise exist. U. S. Grant, Brigadier-General. headquarters, District southeast Missouri, Cairo, November 5, 1861. Brigadier-General C. F. Smith, commanding, etc., Paducah, Kentucky: In pursuance of directions from headquarters, Western Department, I have sent from here a force of about three thousand men, of all arms, towards Indian ford, on the St. Francis river, and also a force of one regiment from Cape Girardeau in the same direction. I am now, under the same instructions, fitting out an expedition to menace Belmont, and will take all the force proper to spare from here, probably not more than three thousand men. If you can make a demonstration towa
ainst it. The gunboats should be supported by at least one, and perhaps two, divisions of your best infantry, taken from Paducah and other points from which they can best be spared; at the same time, such a demonstration should be made on Columbus at, Cairo, Ill.: I wish you to make a demonstration in force on Mayfield, and in the direction of Murray. Forces from Paducah and Fort Holt should meet it and threaten Camp Beauregard and Murray, letting it be understood that Dover is the object will immediately prepare to send forward to Fort Henry, on the Tennessee river, all your available force from Smithland, Paducah, Cairo, Fort Holt, Bird's Point, etc. Sufficient garrisons must be left to hold these places against an attack from Colu will furnish Commodore Foote with a copy of this letter. A telegraph line will be extended as rapidly as possible from Paducah, east of Tennessee river, to Fort Henry. Wires and operators will be sent from St. Louis. H. W. Halleck, Major-General