the 32d Indiana, deployed as skirmishers, and Terry's Texas Cavalry-notable as one of the few fights of the war between infantry skirmishers in the open and cavalry.
Nothing else of moment occurred on Buell's main line until the capture of Forts Henry and Donelson compelled Johnston to retire from Bowling Green and leave the road to Nashville open.
The letter which follows shows Mr. Lincoln's ideas of what was demanded by the situation:
Executive Mansion, Washington, January 13th, 1862.road.
Yours, very truly,
[Indorsement]: January 13th, 1862.
Having to-day written General Buell a letter, it occurs to me to send General Halleck a copy of it. A. Lincoln.
On February 5th, the day before the capture of Fort Henry, General Buell wrote thus to General Halleck in a correspondence with regard to cooperation: I think it is quite plain that the center of the enemy's line — that part which you are now moving against — is the decisive point of his whole front,