ront, yet do not fight him there either, but seize Columbus and East Tennessee, one or both, left exposed by the concentration at Bowling Green.
It is a matter of no small anxiety to me, and one which I am sure you will not overlook, that the East Tennessee line is so long and over so bad a road.
Yours, very truly,
[Indorsement]: January 13th, 1862.
Having to-day written General Buell a letter, it occurs to me to send General Halleck a copy of it. A. Lincoln.
On February 5th, the day before the capture of Fort Henry, General Buell wrote thus to General Halleck in a correspondence with regard to cooperation: I think it is quite plain that the center of the enemy's line — that part which you are now moving against — is the decisive point of his whole front, as it is also the most vulnerable.
If it is held, or even the bridges on the Cumberland and Tennessee rivers destroyed, and your force maintains itself near those points, Bowling Green will speedily fall, a
as the work progressed, and was certified to by the supervising agent of the Department; there being an interval of only fifteen or twenty days between each payment, as will be seen by the following from the official record:
1861.-November 15, first payment, $50,000, less 25 per cent$37,500
December 3, second payment, $50,000, less 25 per cent37,500
December 17, third payment, $50,000, less 25 per cent37,500
1862.-January 3, fourth payment, $50,000, less 25 per cent37,500
February 6, fifth payment, $50,000, less 25 cent37,500
March 3, sixth payment, $25,000, less 25 per cent18,750
March 14, last payment, reservations68,750
Save reservations, which were made in all cases of vessels built by contract, the last payment, on the completion of the battery, was on the 3d of March, and, as time was precious and pressing, she was hastily commissioned, officered, manned, supplied, and left New York for Hampton Roads three days after, on the 6th of March.