JANUARY 31ST, 1862: Lt. Henry A. Wise wrote Flag Officer Foote regarding a conversation with President Lincoln on the western operations. The Commander in Chief was interested in the mortar boats because he wanted Foote to have enough gunpowder "to rain the rebels out."
Wise stated: "He is an evidently practical man, understands precisely what he wants, and is not turned aside by anyone when he has work before him. He knows and appreciates your past and present arduous services, and is firmly resolved to afford you every aid in the work at hand.
"The additional smooth howitzers you asked for were ordered two days ago."