Grant 100, 000 Strong At Cairo ~
Polk ; Pillow securing Mississippi Valley ~
Those were the highlights from Trooper’s dispatch. It was nothing new to anyone who had bothered watching the buildup after the Firing on Fort Sumpter.
The next move was obviously clear. Who would make the first Fool Move?
That was the Big Question Floating about both Capitals ~ in Washington, D.C. and in Montgomery, Alabama.
Something Had to Happen ~ And Soon ~ It Was Felt By All.
***Fort Johnston ~ Belmont, Missouri ~ Aug. 30 ~ 3 AM…
…can say…Boats Moving South on the River; Troops Loaded to the Gills on the Steamers…
Leonidas Polk was startled when he read this. Had he not wanted to be the first to be Bold and Strike at the Enemy.
Maybe it was not too Late.
Perhaps, it was just an excursion and not a Landing Party.
There still Was Time, He Thought. Time to Take the Ultimate Gamble for the High-Stakes Risk Reward that he had always wanted to feel. The Years of pent-up monestarial Blues were knawing away at Polk to do something. Anything.
So, he sent for Pillow.
And, the Rest is History.
***Trooper Pritchett’s dispatch to US Grant was relayed by Messenger from the Telegraph Office in Cairo, Ill.; both sides read it.
Each One unaware of the others capacity to intercept.
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