tteries, and 17 heavy guns, making a total of quite 18,000 effectives.
[see page 430.] General Buckner's division 6 regiments and 2 batteries — constituted the right wing, and was posted to cover the land approaches to the water-batteries. a left wing was organized into six brigades, commanded respectively by Colonels Heiman, Davidson, Drake, Wharton, McCausland, and Baldwin, and posted from right to left in the order named.
Four batteries were distributed amongst the left wing. General Bushrod R. Johnson, an able officer, served the General commanding as chief-of-staff.
Dover was converted into a depot of supplies and ordnance stores.
These dispositions made, Fort Donelson was ready for battle.
it may be doubted if General Grant called a council of war.
The nearest approach to it was a convocation held on the
Glimpse of the Cumberland River where the gun-boats first appeared, looking north from the highest earthworks of Fort Donelson.
From a photograph taken in 1884. New