|Bailey's Dams: Admiral Porter had his 10 warships, now below the Lower |
Falls on the Red River, thanks to Lt. Col. Bailey of the Federal Engineers.
The ships rescued from low water on the river were the ; Neosho,
Osage, Hindman, and finally on May 11 & 12 the remaining warships
and gunboats; Mound City, Pittsburg, Carondolet, Chillicothe, Louisville,
Engineer Bailey recieved for this success, a personal $700 sword from Admiral
Porter, a $1600 silver vase from the Navy, a special vote of thanks from
Congress, and later a two step promotion to Brigadier General.
Admiral Porter said of the former Wisconsin logger in his report, "words are
inadequate to express the admiration I feel for the abilities of Lt. Col. Bailey.
This is without a doubt the best engineering feat ever performed. Under the
best circumstnces a private company would not have completed the work
in under a year, and to an ordinary mind the whole thing would have appeared
an utter impossibility."
Reference: S. Foote, "Civil War, Red River To Appomattox (Vintage Books - 1974)