“You will proceed with the Division under your command to Nashville, Tenn”

Feb 24 1862, A division from Gen. Buell’s Army of the Ohio has arrived at Fort Donelson.  I ordered the commander, Brig. Gen. Nelson, “You will proceed with the Division under your command to Nashville, Tenn, keeping in rear of the Gun Boat Carondelet, with all your transports.  From Nashville you will put yourself in immediate communication with Gen. Buell, and if you find that his command is not within two days march of you, your command will not debark, but fall back (down the river some miles) on the transports, and remain to form a junction with Gen. Buell, when he does arrive.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 4, p 282

O.R., I, vii, 662-3

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