Thursday, January 2, 2014

Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant to Major General Henry W. Halleck, February 6, 1862

HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF CAIRO,
Fort Henry, February 6, 1862.

Fort Henry is ours. The gunboats silenced the batteries before the investment was completed. I think the garrison must have commenced the retreat last night. Our cavalry followed, finding two guns abandoned in the retreat.

I shall take and destroy Fort Donelson on the 8th and return to Fort Henry.

U.S. GRANT,
Brigadier-General.
Maj. Gen. H. W. HALLECK, Saint Louis, Mo.

SOURCES: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series I, Volume 7 (Serial No. 7), p. 124; 

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