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For the capture of Fort Donelson Grant was made major-general.
The first step to the conquest of the Mississippi had been achieved.
In October, 1862, the river fleet was transferred from the Army to the Navy Department, and as there was another vessel in the service, bearing the same name the St. Louis was renamed the Baron de Kalb. At Fort Henry, she went into action lashed to the Carondelet on account of the narrowness of the stream; and later again, the gallant gunboat won laurels at Island No.10, Fort Pillow, Memphis, and Vicksburg.
The Flag-ship St. Louis viewed from astern
The Louisville — a fighter at port. riven with the shrieks of their wounded comrades, upon whom the flames crept and smothered and charred where they lay.
Thus ended the 13th of February.
That night the river gunboats, six in number, four of them ironclads, under the command of Andrew H. Foote, arrived.
Grant had sent them down the Tennessee to the Ohio and up the Cumberland, to support his army