e tried, inasmuch as General Franklin, an engineer, recommended it. The Admiral had no faith in its success.
As he expressed it in his own way: If damming would get the fleet over, it would have been afloat long before.
On the morning of April thirtieth the work was begun by Lieutenant-Colonel Bailey, who was aided by several staff officers, and details of nearly three thousand men, consisting chiefly of regiments from the Western States.
There were also employed in the construction of thigement was rendered by the navy, except by Volunteer Lieutenant Lang-thorne, commanding the Mound City,who assisted in setting the heavy cribs and coal barges.
The soldiers labored zealously night and day, in and out of the water, from the thirtieth of April to the twelfth of May inclusive, when the passage of the boats below the upper falls was completed.
The dam still remains intact as we left it, and bids fair, if undisturbed, to stand a hundred years — an imperishable monument of American