that if even a musket-shot was again fired at a transport or other boat, the place would be at once destroyed. These boats have been moving constantly day and night, and despatch-boats have been furnished by the navy to convey despatches for General Sherman and General Brayman, up the Tennessee River, or wherever they might require. I would add that when Captain Fitch returned from Fort Pillow he brought away with him refugees, women, and children, who had been left there, and ten wounded soldiers who had been there for two days. Question. What, in your opinion, would be the competent military and naval force to protect the public property at Cairo and Mound City? Answer. Two gunboats and two thousand men. Question. State briefly your reason for believing so large a force is required for that purpose? Answer. For the reason that we have public property extending along the river for seven miles, and we should be ready for any emergency. Question. What amount of property would be destroyed here, should the enemy get possession long enough to destroy it? Answer. It is difficult to estimate its value accurately. We have here a large number of guns, and all the ammunition and other supplies for the Mississippi fleet, consisting of at least one hundred vessels. Question. What effect would the destruction or capture of this property have upon operations here in the West? Answer. It would paralyze the fleet. Question. For how long a time? Answer. For the entire season, beside giving the enemy means to act more on the offensive — means enough to last them for a campaign. Question. Is it also true that all the army supplies for the Western department pass through here? Answer. To the best of my knowledge it is. Question. What force have you here at Mound City now? Answer. I have two gunboats, eighty-five marines, one hundred mechanics, who have been armed and drilled, one company of the invalid corps, and a detachment of convalescents. from the hospital. Any other forces that may be here are merely temporary. Question. What force have you at Cairo? Answer. Seventy-odd marines. But those we have only to protect the wharf-boat and the inspection-boat, which have on board provisions, ship chandlery, etc. Admiral Porter has ordered me to move them up to this point whenever I can do so without detriment to the public service. I understand that there is a permanent garrison at Cairo of between three hundred and four hundred men. When General Brayman was compelled to reenforce Columbus, he was compelled to take away from there all except about one hundred and fifty men.
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