health, moreover, has failed me completely lately.
I was confined to my room by a wretched cold all the time I was at Bowling Green.
It was the most unfortunate thing that could have happened to me; for the loss of one or two weeks now is, or may be, most fatal to us. However, I am better now, and am hurrying on to my post as fast as possible.
We must defeat the enemy somewhere, to give confidence to our friends.
Large depots of provisions, ammunition, etc., ought to be provided for at Atlanta, Montgomery, and Jackson, Miss., etc., without loss of time, for future contingency.
We must give up some minor points, and concentrate our forces, to save the most important ones, or we will lose all of them in succession.
The loss of Fort Donelson (God grant it may not fall) would be followed by consequences too lamentable to be now alluded to.
General Johnston is doing his best, but what can he do against such tremendous odds?
Come what may, however, we must present a bold fr