General Halleck wired Foote from St. Louis: General Grant is authorized to furnish men for temporary gunboat duty by detail. Men will be sent from here as soon as collected. Arrange with General Grant for temporary crews, so that there may be no delay.:"
The following day, Commander Kilty, left in charge of naval matters at Cairo by Foote, advised Halleck that permanent details were needed, not temporary ones.
Grant advised Halleck: "Will be off up the Tennessee at 6 o'clock. Command, 23 regiments in all." Grant's troops embarked on transports at Cairo and Paducah; Foote's gunboats took the lead.. Behind this spearhead and battering ram, the dismemberment of the Confederacy began.