not move the Freight more than two
or three miles from the River & unless
I have land force to co'operate with me I am afraid I cant accomplish much—"
Telegram received, ibid.
On the same day, Ward telegraphed to USG. "The
Capt of the Gun Boats wants one hundred & fifty 150 men to go with him to
duck river suck tonight owing to demonstrations near this point I do not con-
sider it prudent to weaken the force here I shall not send any men unless ordered
to do so by you" Telegram received, ibid
. On the same day, Ward telegraphed
again to USG. "I have sent the troy with four
guns twenty (20) artillery
men & thirty 30 sharpshooters the Robb draws too much water to do any
good—" Telegram received, ibid.
On Aug. 20, Rosecrans telegraphed to USG.
"There should in my opinion be no delay in ordering a couple or three
draught Gun Boats armed with a couple of 12 pounders Howitsers & a few Sharp
shooters would it not be well to direct for the present that Guard be placed on
each commissary Steamboat—say a first rate Lieut & 30 men well armed &
vigilant the pilot house ought to be made shot proof with thick plank & boiler
iron it will be a great reason for us to own the Boats we use in the Tennessee
river or have them fitted up as suggested. this is my experience on the Kanawa
river where I had the thing fully tested the saving is immense—" Telegram
On Aug. 30, Rosecrans telegraphed to USG. "Two 2 Barges loaded
with hay were burned at the Point where those boats were burned—It appears
probable they had no guards Lt Yet orderes should be given to send small seach
guard of 20 to 30 men armed with rifled muskets on each transport—The pilot
house ought to be protected by three inch plank & boiler plate or no 8 iron &
the boilers by 3 plank—" Telegram received, ibid.;
copy (dated Aug. 29), ibid.,
Army of the Miss., Telegrams Sent.