The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April 1 - August 31, 1862 - Vol. 5

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To Capt. Nathaniel H. McLean

Head Quarters, Army of the Ten
Pittsburg Landing Apl 21st/62

CAPT. N. H. MCLEAN
A. A. GEN. DEPT OF THE MISS.

I transmit herewith the report of the action of the 1 st Division at the battle of Fort Donelson.

I have no special comments to make on it further than that the report is a little highly colored as to the conduct of the first Division, and I failed to hear the suggestions spoken of about the propriety of attacking the enemy all around the lines on Saturday.

No suggestions were made by Gen. McClernand at the time spoken of. 1

U. S. GRANT
Maj. Gen.

ALS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports. O. R., I, vii, 170. Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand's lengthy report of the battle of Fort Donelson is dated Feb. 28, 1862, though probably completed later. LS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports; DLC-Robert T. Lincoln. O. R., I, vii, 170-82. On March 27, Capt. John A. Rawlins wrote to McClernand. "I am directed by Maj Genl U S. Grant Comd'g to request that you make out and foward to these Head Quarters, Copies of the Brigade Commanders reports of the Battle of Fort Donelson, made to you, to accompany your report." LS, McClernand Papers, IHi.

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"In reply to my suggestion, urging a simultaneous assault, at all points, I was gratified to receive an order to that effect." LS, DNA, RG 94, War Records Office, Union Battle Reports; DLC-Robert T. Lincoln. O. R., I, vii, 179.

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