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Adam Badeau, Military history of Ulysses S. Grant from April 1861 to April 1865. Volume 1 1 1 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: January 24, 1862., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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berland in steamers, the Louisville road must send at least forty car-loads of provisions daily, besides quartermaster's stores. There was a deficiency of steamers and of locomotives, and, accordingly, Grant said to Burnside: If you have any steamers, I think you had better protect the pilot and engine from sharp-shooters, by case-mating with oak plank, and send them down here; while, to McPherson, now in command at Vicksburg, he said: Send without delay, via the Tennessee river to Danville, Tennessee, all the locomotives at Vicksburg, with the exception of two, and all the cars, with the exception of ten. Let the locomotives and cars be the best you have. They are required for immediate use. To Anderson, the railroad superintendent: There are now six bridges at Louisville, belonging to government, ready made, that can be brought forward. I have ordered three locomotives and all the cars, but ten, from the southern road, Vicksburg; and again: Those ordered by Colonel Parsons, f
e doubt that we have suffered a severe reverse in that quarter: Advance of the Federals--Paris and Danville in danger. From the Memphis Avalanche, of the 20th inst., we take the following: It appears to be generally believed, from all the indications, that the long-threatened advance of the Federals is now in progress. A gentleman who reached this city, in the late train last night, states that the Federals, to the number of about 20,000, were advancing upon Paris and Danville, Tenn., and had already passed Farmington, Ky., on their way to the points designated. Farmington is in the vicinity of Paducah. When our informant passed Danville and Paris great excitement prevailed, and the Federals were hourly expected. It is supposed that the 20,000 here spoken of constitute a part of the immense force which lately left Cairo for Tennessee river, the remainder having probably been detailed to look after Forts Henry and Donelson which at last accounts, were stil