P. S. I enclose herewith invoice of ordnance and ordnance stores shipped from Fort Henry together with notes explaining the condition of it.
U. S. G.
ALS, deCoppet Collection, NjP. O. R., I, x, part 2, 99-100.
Head Quarters Disct of West Tenn
Pittsburgh April 9th 1862
CAPT N H McLEAN
A A GENL DEPT OF THE MISSISSIPPI
SAINT LOUIS. Mo.
It becomes my duty again to report another battle fought between two great armies, one contending for the maintainance of the best Government ever devised the other for its destruction. It is pleasant to record the success of the army contending for the former principle.
On Sunday morning our pickets were attacked and driven in by the enemy. Immediately the five Divisions stationed at this place were drawn up in line of battle ready to meet them. The battle soon waxed warm on the left and center, varying at times to all parts of the line.
The most continuous firing of musketry and artillery ever heard on this Continent was kept up until night fall, the enemy