Boston journal account.
The correspondent of the Boston Journal
gives the following interesting details of the bombardment of Fort Henry
When the rebels took possession of Columbus
, and made a stand at Bowling Green
, they saw the necessity of also shutting the two gates midway the two places, the Cumberland
and Tennessee Rivers
, which open into the heart of the seceded States.
Taking now the map, you will observe that the two rivers are very near together at the dividing line between Kentucky
. Two important points were selected on those rivers, near the State
line, strong natural positions, which military science and engineering had made, it was thought, impregnable to any attack by land or water.
The points selected are below the railroad which connects Memphis
with Bowling Green
, thus guarding against any interruption of communication, matter very important to the rebels, not only in subsisting their armies, but in enabling them to transfer troops from either division, as might be necessary to counteract our movements.
The point selected for fortification on the Tennessee
, is about ninety miles from the Ohio River
, at Pine Bluff Landing
, on the east side, where, in addition to the strong battery commanding the river, there was an entrenched camp, protected on both flanks by creeks and a pond, and on the river by felled trees, for a long distance.
The river at this point runs nearly due north.
A mile and a quarter below the Fort
is Panther Island
, heavily wooded.
The channel on the east side of the island is impassable at low water, the main channel being on the west side.
The rebel engineer, therefore, in constructing the work, arranged the angles and faces to command the main channel, but had taken into account the contingency of high water, and had planted torpedoes in the east passage, which were fished up by Commodore Foote
Three were first taken up, and all but one were found to be so moist that they would not have exploded.
The front face of the Fort
is about twenty feet above the water.
It contains four or five acres, and the intrenched camp about thirty acres.
You can obtain an idea of the relative positions by standing facing the north, and raising your right arm, half bent, till your hand is on a level with your face.
Your arm represents the river; the Fort
is at your elbow, in position to send a raking fire down toward your wrist.