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ed to ring with a presage of victory. Turning to his staff, as he mounted, he exclaimed, To-night we will water our horses in the Tennessee River. It was thus that he formulated his plan of battle. It must not stop short of entire victory. First position of troops (morning), April 6. As he rode forward he encountered Colonel Randal L. Gibson, who was the intimate friend of his son. When Gibson ordered his brigade to salute, General Johnston took him warmly by the hand and said: Randal, I never see you but I think of William. I hope you may get through safely to-day, but we must win a victory. Gibson says he felt greatly stirred by his words. Sharp skirmishing had begun before he reached the front. Here he met Colonel John S. Marmaduke, commanding the Third Arkansas Regiment. This officer, in reply to General Johnston's questions, explained, with some pride, that he held the centre of the front line, the other regiments forming on him. Marmaduke had been with Gene