FEBRUARY 10TH, 1862: Flag Officer Foote, amidst repairing battle damages and working feverishly to get other gunboats ready, received repeated requests from Major General Halleck to "send gunboats up the Cumberland. Two will answer if he can't send more. They must precede the transports. I am straining every nerve to send troops to take Dover and Clarksville. Troops are on their way. All we want is gunboats to precede the transports."
Making Sure the Navy Does Not Capture Fort Donelson Alone. --Old B-Runner