given General Halleck the full credit for that movement, which was skillful, successful, and extremely rich in military results; indeed it was the first real success on our side in the civil war. The movement up the Tennessee began about the 1st of February, and Fort Henry was captured by the joint action of the navy under Commodore Foote, and the land forces under General Grant, on the 6th of February, 1862.
About the same time General S. R. Curtis had moved forward from Rolla, and on the 8th Commodore Foote, Caro.
I am waiting for General Smith's report on the road from Smithland to Fort Henry.
As soon as that is received will give orders.
In the meantime have every thing ready. H. W. Halleck, Major-General
On the 1st of February permission to make the movement arrived from Halleck, and on the 2d Grant began the campaign with seventeen thousand men, less than one-third the force Halleck had in mind for the operations he thought might be carried on along this general
With this force General Smith was ordered to move from Memphis straight for Meridian, Mississippi, and to start by February 1st.
I explained to him personally the nature of Forrest as a man, and of his peculiar force; told him that in his routeg completed all these preparations in Memphis, being satisfied that the cavalry force would be ready to start by the 1st of February, and having seen General Hurlbut with his two divisions embark in steamers for Vicksburg, I also reembarked for the uary 27th, at Memphis, and my personal explanations to him at the same time.
Instead of starting at the date ordered, February 1st, he did not leave Memphis till the 11th, waiting for some regiment that was ice bound near Columbus, Kentucky; and the file in the War Department regarding General Smith's movement are voluminous.
His instructions contain no mention of February 1st being the day absolutely fixed for his starting, as now claimed in the Memoirs, and the reasons, both for the delay, a