and quickly. I will give you plenty of support in a few days. Time now is everything for us. Don't delay one instant.
H. W. HALLECK,
FORT HENRY (via CAIRO), February 11, 1862
Every effort will be put forth to have Clarksville within a few days. There are no negroes in this part of the country to work on fortifications.
U. S. GRANT,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,
Saint Louis, February 11, 1862
Flag-Officer ANDREW H. FOOTE, Cairo:
You have gained great distinction by your capture of Fort Henry. Everybody recognizes your services. Make your name famous in history by the capture of Fort Donelson and Clarksville. The taking of these places is a military necessity. Delays add strength to them more than to us. Act quickly even though only half ready. Troops will soon be ready to support you.
H. W. HALLECK,
CAIRO, February 11, 1862.
I am ready with three gunboats to proceed up the Cumberland River, and shall leave here for that purpose in two hours-8.30 p.m.
A. H. FOOTE,
CAIRO, ILL., February 11, 1862.
Major General H. W. HALLECK, Saint Louis, Mo.:
One armored gunboat gone from Tennessee to Cumberland and three unarmored to follow. Three armored leave here to-night instead of Thursday for some destination. All the enemy's boats on Tennessee destroyed, camps broken up, and a fine new rebel gunboat captured. General Paine returned. Has secured store-houses at Paducah.
G. W. CULLUM,
Brigadier General, Vols., U. S. Army, Chief of Staff.
CAIRO, February 11, 1862
Is General Grant strong enough and quite ready for the Cumberland and Donelson movement? Position is said to be strong, and we should be strong enough to be very certain of success. The news from Lieu-