Bussey, etc., etc.
Though it was mid-winter, General Halleck was pushing his preparations most vigorously, and surely he brought order out of chaos in St. Louis with commendable energy.
I remember, one night, sitting in his room, on the second floor of the Planters' House, with him and General Cullum, his chief of staff, talking of things generally, and the subject then was of the much-talked — of advance, as soon as the season would permit.
Most people urged the movement down the Mississippi River; but Generals Polk and Pillow had a large rebel force, with heavy guns in a very strong position, at Columbus, Kentucky, about eighteen miles below Cairo.
Commodore Foote had his gunboat fleet at Cairo; and General U. S. Grant, who commanded the district, was collecting a large force at Paducah, Cairo, and Bird's Point. General Halleck had a map on his table, with a large pencil in his hand, and asked, Where is the rebel line?
Cullum drew the pencil through Bowling Green, Forts Donel
omas Williams the summer before, the object being to turn the Mississippi River at that point, or at least to make a passage for our fleet ofto give his personal supervison to the whole movement.
The Mississippi River was very high and rising, and we began that system of canals art of Stuart's division to proceed in the large boats up the Mississippi River to a point at Gwin's plantation, where a bend of Steele's Baygunboats, and to escape with his men through the swamp to the Mississippi River.
There being no longer any sharp-shooters to bother the sailthe main army to march by land down the country inland of the Mississippi River; while the gunboat-fleet and a minor land-force should threatown the bluff, so as to make connection with our fleet in the Mississippi River.
There was a good deal of desultory fighting that evening, af the civil war — the recovery of the complete control of the Mississippi River, from its source to its mouth — or, in the language of Mr. Li