Monthly Archives: January 2012

Friday, January 31, 1862

Benton Barracks, near Saint Louis, Missouri The demonstration by General CF Smith up the Tennessee River as part of General Grant’s recent movements have divulged the vulnerability of Fort Henry which guards the river on the Tennessee border.  A decision … Continue reading

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Thursday, January 30, 1862

Benton Barracks, near Saint Louis, Missouri There are rumours that he Confederates are sending General Beauregard to Kentucky with several divisions.  Reports from our General Smith indicate that Fort Henry is not strongly defended and can be taken by a … Continue reading

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Wednesday, January 29, 1862

Benton Barracks, near Saint Louis, Missouri I wrote a letter written by my wife, Ellen.  Ellen tells me to that our daughter, Lizzie is very ill and Ellen fears that she might die.  She is traveling with her father to … Continue reading

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Tuesday, January 28, 1862

Benton Barracks, near Saint Louis, Missouri General CF Smith has filed a report based on his demonstration in front of Fort Henry.  Fort Henry is not now strongly defended as we supposed.  General Smith believes that a small force backed … Continue reading

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Monday, January 27, 1862

Benton Barracks, near Saint Louis, Missouri General Buell is not able to send troops into East Tennessee as ordered by Washington.  General Zollicoffer was killed and his forces dispersed at Mill Springs by General Thomas.  However, Thomas is unable to … Continue reading

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Sunday, January 26, 1862

Benton Barracks, near Saint Louis, Missouri General Buell is trying to follow up the Victory by General Thomas at Mill Spring, Kentucky by moving troops into Tennessee.  The politicians are all for supporting Union loyalists in East Tennessee.  However, General … Continue reading

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Saturday, January 25, 1862

Benton Barracks, near Saint Louis, Missouri General Grant reports that his demonstration is complete.  The detachment of troops from Paducah that went up the Tennessee and landed 2 1/2 miles from Fort Henry, under General Smith are expected to return … Continue reading

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