On Jan. 10, Dodge twice telegraphed to USG. "I have news from Gunboats
up to thursday mornig they were then at duck River removing the obstructions
thought they would all be out in twenty four (24) hours—the rebels guard the
east side of the river at all points have two
pieces of artillery at Clifton and
2 at Savannah that arrived there yesterday I have Hursts cavalry watching this
side from Decaturville to EastPort that cavalry is thoroughly posted in that
country & it would be of benefit to service to keep them along the river for
present I understand that they belong to Genl Braymans command" "I was
mistaken about GunBoats in the river it was transports there are no Gun
Boats but Col Lowe was sent a transport which arrived at Pittsburg today with
artillery & infantry to protect her she brings stores & forage—come through
all right passed Clifton in night" Telegrams received, DNA, RG 393, Dept.
of the Tenn., Telegrams Received. On Jan. 12, Col. William W. Lowe, Fort
Henry, telegraphed to USG. "Have sent one transport with stores for Gen Dodges
command & just recd word that it arrived safely Another now here & will go
up as soon as I can get it loaded Our gunboat the Pillow reached here last night
but its power is so small it will be a long while getting up Another is promised"
Telegram received, ibid
. ; copy, ibid
., Fort Donelson, Telegrams Sent. On Jan. 13,
Dodge telegraphed to USG. "I succeeded in destroying two of Roddys ferries
across the Tenn today. my cavalry had sharp work & lost from 150 to 200 men"
Telegram received, ibid
., Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received.
See General Orders No. 11, Dec. 17, 1862.
To Brig. Gen. Charles S. Hamilton
Holly Springs Miss Jan 7. 1863.
BRIG GENL C. S. HAMILTON
LA GRANGE TENN.
On further questioning Capt. Metcalf
1 who has charge of
shipping captured Cotton, I find that he did not give up the Cotton I telegraphed you about and for the reason that the amount
covered by the order was greater than the amount seized I have
settled the difficulty by leaving with Capt. Metcalf an order in
favor of Mix & Co.
2 for the amount actually taken, on proof of
his paying the parties owning the Cotton and Government
charges Mix is undoubtedly a dangerous man to act on the
Capt. Metcalf is asking for a short leave of absence. You are
at liberty to grant it for twenty days or less, to go to any place
U. S. GRANT