FEBRUARY 4TH, 1862: Torpedoes, planted in the river but torn loose by the flooding waters, floated by. Foote had some fished out for inspection.
He and Grant went aft to watch the disassembling of one. According to a reminiscence, suddenly a strange hiss came from it and the deck cleared very rapidly.
Grant beat Foote up to the top of the ladder. When Foote asked Grant about his hurry, grant replied that "the Army did not believe in letting the Navy get ahead of it."