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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 30: (search)
ssible, and as he could not land parties of sufficient force to cope with the enemy, he made an arrangement with Lieutenant-Colonel Breckenridge at Fort Henry to supply a body of cavalry for the purpose. There was a conscription party at Linden, Tennessee, which had made itself particularly odious, and it was arranged that Colonel Breckenridge should be landed with his men at a certain point, and the gun-boats should be spread along the river, so that the troops could retreat to them in casethem, Phelps dropped Lieutenant Commander S. Ledyard Phelps. down to Decatursville, where he took on board Colonel Breckenridge and fifty mounted men and landed them on the opposite side of the river. At daybreak Colonel Breckenridge reached Linden, twelve miles from the river-bank, and completely surprised the enemy. The latter made little resistance, and only three of their number were killed. These men were evidently not anxious to fight themselves, but were looking for others to fight