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was the more convinced of its feasibility, from a report of a partial reconnoissance of Fort Henry, made by General C. F. Smith, and forwarded to General Halleck on January 24th. Upon reaching Cairo he telegraphed Halleck: Cairo, January 28, 1862. Major-General H. W. Halleck, St. Louis, Mo. With permission I will take Fort Henry on the Tennessee, and establish and hold a large camp there. U. S. Grant, Brigadier-General. On the same day Commodore Foote, then in command of the gun-boats in that section, and in full accord with General Grant, also telegraphed Halleck as follows: Cairo, January 28, 1862. Major-General H. W. Halleck, St. Louis, Mo. Commanding General Grant and myself are of opinion that Fort Henry, on the Tennessee River, can be carried with four iron-clad gun-boats and troops to permanently occupy. Have we your authority to move for that purpose when ready? A. H. Foote, Flag Officer On the 29th General Grant wrote Halleck as foll