s Bee-tree Shoals or Colbert Shoals, both rock bottom, on which it would not do to risk the gunboats.
Having no personal knowledge on the subject, and bound to defer to the opinion of pilots who had navigated the Tennessee for thirty years, I was reluctantly compelled to abandon the latter part of your design — the destruction of the Florence Bridge.
I am still ready to undertake it with boats of light draught, made secure by some field pieces and bales of hay, or to march by land from Waterloo, just above Chickasaw to Florence.
Our cavalry, under Major Bowman, moved finely on this occasion, and the column of General Fry sustained their well-earned reputation for steadiness and discipline.
I am, with respect, your obedient servant,
W. T. Sherman, Brigadier-General, Commanding Fifth Divuiion. Capt. John A. Rawlins, Assistant Adjutant-General to General Grant.
Report of Maj. Samuel M. Bowman, Fourth Illinois Cavalry.
headquarters Fourth Illinois Cavalry,