The Western flotilla at Fort Donelson, Island number10, Fort Pillow and — Memphis. Henry Walke, Rear-Admiral, U. S. N.
The Carondelet fighting Fort Donelson, February 13, 1862.
from a sketch by rear-admiral Walke.
On the 7th of February, the day after the capture of Fort Henry, I received on board the Carondelet Colonels Webster, Rawlins, and McPherson, with a company of troops, and under instructions from General Grant proceeded up the Tennessee River, and completed the destruction of the bridge of the Memphis and Bowling Green Railroad.
On returning from that expedition General Grant requested me to hasten to Fort Donelson with the Carondelet, Tyler, and Lexington, and announce my arrival by firing signal guns.
The object of this movement was to take possession of the river as soon as possible, to engage the enemy's attention by making formidable demonstrations before the fort, and to prevent it from being reinforced.
On February 10th the Carondelet alone (tow