being careful to have at least 15 days rations, and 8 days forage on hand at all times. You will see that the telegraph line at Dover is properly guarded, and that all Public Property is taken care of. Col. Fouke will turn over to youall instructions he may have received, relative to the duties of Post Commander, for your future guidance. And your particular attention is called to General Orders No 3 series 1861, from Head Quarters of the Dept. and to accompanying orders from these Head Quarters. All information you may obtain that in your judgment would be beneficial to be known at these Head Quarters, you will immediately forward. Six companies of your command will be stationed at Clarkesville for the purpose of Garrisoning that place to be governed by same instructions as above." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 86; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, x, part 2, 108-9.
Mason and his regt. had left the field during the battle of Shiloh. Ibid., I, x, part 1, 259, 261-62. USG later recalled that Mason had come to him "with tears in his eyes and begged to be allowed to have another trial." Memoirs, I, 398-99. See letter to Julia Dent Grant, Aug. 22, 1862.
Head Quarters, Dist. of West. Tenn.
Pittsburgh, April 15th 1862.
COL. P. B. FOUKE
COMMDG U. S. FORCES
FORT. DONELSON, TENN.
I send the 71st Ohio Vols. to relieve your command at Fort. Donelson & Clarkesville. Use all dispatch in getting here leaving your wagons at Clarkesville for the new Garrison, and four teams at Fort Donelson,
I am Col, Respectfully &c.
U. S. GRANT.
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 86; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. See preceding letter.