War of the Rebellion: Serial 007 Page 0075 Chapter XVII. LOGAN'S CROSS-ROADS, KY.

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FORT HENRY, January 21, 1862-6 p.m.

Scout informs me that the main body of the enemy made only a feint, and sent 1,000 only to Highland. Main body returned to near Murray, former position. Messenger from near Murray reports proceeding beyond Murray west. Works progressing well on south side. I do not feel satisfied about effect of high water on earth works at Henry. Say to Gilmer gunboat up at 4 o'clock p.m. opened on us. No harm done. I did not reply.

TILGHMAN.

General POLK.

FORT HENRY, January 21, 1862-11 p.m.

Captain Milton's cavalry just in. Has been on rear of Smith's column. Smith tacked about at dark last night, and is now within 9 miles of Highland with whole force. He must cross river at that point, and has good road to Donelson and Henry. He will attack one or both.

TILGHMAN.

General POLK.

FORT HENRY, January 23, 1862-10.30 p.m.

Scout from rear of enemy's column reports its movements down river to Eggner's Ferry, 5 miles below. Movement commenced at early hour; rear passed scout at 1 p.m. Nothing yet to base confidence on as to intention of enemy. Have started 950 cavalry and some artillery to harass rear. Progressing with outworks on this side. Shall resume work in thirty hours on south side river. Enemy's force 5,500.

TILGHMAN.

General POLK.

FORT HENRY, January 25, 1862-3 p.m.

Courier in from Colonel Miller's command. Miller could not come up with the enemy. The Federals made forced marches; their advance was within 12 miles of Paducah this morning at 6 o'clock. Our troops halted 11 miles from enemy's rear, and determined to return to Fort Henry.

TILGHMAN.

General POLK.

JANUARY 19, 1862-Engagement at Logan's Cross-Roads, on Fishing Creek, near Mill Springs, Ky.

REPORTS, ETC.

Numbers 1.-Brigadier General Don Carlos Buell, U. S. Army, commanding Department of the Ohio, with instructions to Brigadier-General Thomas, and congratulatory orders.

Numbers 2.-Brigadier General George H. Thomas, U. S. Army, commanding division, with congratulatory orders.

Numbers 3.-Colonel Mahlon D. Manson, Tenth Indiana Infantry, commanding Second Brigade.

Numbers 4.-Colonel Speed S. Fry, Fourth Kentucky Infantry.