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thousand men were necessary, let Grant go with seventeen thousand, and seven gunboats under Commodore Foote. This was February 2. In four days, Grant had Fort Henry. In ten more, Fort Donelson and On the eve of the surrender, Pillow had made a desperate sortie while Grant was conferring with Foote on his gunboat. For a while it was a bad business; and when Grant returned, he flushed at the hth, and his delightful address to the Iowa volunteers; over McClernand's good fighting, and over Foote and his gunboats. About the navy, indeed, a word must be said. From Fort Henry, which it took ot only illustrious and invaluable, but also it made fewer mistakes than the army. The names of Foote, Porter, Davis, and Farragut (let Ellett's be added too) must be spoken together with those of t; and New Madrid and Island No.10, the next two barriers down the river, were broken by Pope and Foote in March and April. On land it grew plain that somewhere about Corinth the armies must try a bi