MARCH 4TH, 1865: Lt. Moreay Forrest in the USS General Burnside, accompanied by the USS General Thomas, led a Tennessee River expedition which followed the course of the river across the state of Alabama.
At Mussel Shoals the naval force attacked and dispersed the encampment of Confederate General Philip D. Roddey and captured horses, military equipment and cotton. Forrest then proceeded to Lamb's Ferry where he destroyed Confederate communication and transportation facilities.
He also destroyed numerous barges, boats and scows he encountered along the course of the river. Finally, he got as far as the Elk River, deep in the state of Tennessee, where he "found a rich and populous country" in which "a great deal of loyal sentiment was displayed."