CAIRO, Jan. 24. – The two gunboats sent up the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers, as well as the two boats off Forts Holt and Jefferson in the Mississippi, are doing good service. The Conestoga, Lieut. Phelps commanding, and Lexington, Lieut. Shirks commanding, have been [spelling] in turn in the river within the past week. The Lexington chased the rebel gunboat under the guns of Fort Henry.
The remaining gunboats are nearly completed at Cairo, and as soon as men are supplied, we may expect to hear a good account of the fleet under the command of flag officer H. H. Foote, wherever it is directed.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, February 1, 1862, p. 4