flotilla everything on your rivers, your cities and towns would be at the mercy of the enemy?
My first duty then is to care for my boats, if I am to protect you. Now when I ran up the Tennessee and the Cumberland, and attacked Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, if my boats were rendered unmanageable as my flag-ship was at Donelson, the current took care of me by carrying me away from the enemy's works.
But all this is changed when I descend the Mississippi.
Then my boats, if they become unmanagea the Navy — in clearing the Western rivers of the Confederates, my brother said they were like blades of shears — united, invincible; separated, almost useless.
About the middle of May, 1862, being much enfeebled by his wounds received at Fort Donelson and by illness, he made his home at my house in Cleveland, Ohio, until about midsummer of that year.
During this time he retained his command, and was in constant receipt of reports from the fleet.
June 17th he wrote to the Navy Departme