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[63] good fighting, and over Foote and his gunboats. About the navy, indeed, a word must be said. From Fort Henry, which it took unaided, to the day when Vicksburg fell and the great river “rolled unvexed to the sea,” the navy was not only illustrious and invaluable, but also it made fewer mistakes than the army. The names of Foote, Porter, Davis, and Farragut (let Ellett's be added too) must be spoken together with those of the land soldiers. As some one has happily said, the army and the navy were the two shears of the scissors.

From Donelson, Grant stepped into a broadening labyrinth of action. He wished at once to strike Polk at Columbus. Halleck prescribed caution; and Polk, unhindered, escaped south to Corinth, where under Sidney Johnston the South was massing all the strength it could bring. Columbus fell to the Union; and New Madrid and Island No.10, the next two barriers down the

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