luded nearly all the forces under General Polk.
It was to be apprehended that General Grant, by marching westward from Fort Henry to Union City or Clinton—some sixty or seventy miles—after forming a junction with part of the forces under General Pop Paris, was to watch and report the passage of any gunboats or transports up the Tennessee River, from the direction of Fort Henry, extending its pickets as near as possible to Mayfield, which was then occupied by Federal cavalry, keeping the latter lming forces, the Federal army, under General Grant, with or without the cooperation of Pope's command, might move from Fort Henry, upon the rear of Columbus, or execute a still more dreaded movement by ascending the Tennessee River to Hamburg or Easently befallen our arms on the Kentucky border.
The Tennessee River is in possession of the enemy since the capture of Fort Henry.
The evacuation of Bowling Green, and subsequent fall of Fort Donelson, with large loss of officers, men, arms, and mu
wo works were more or less connected by rifle-pits.
The river was high at that season of the year, and the eight Confederate gunboats, under Commodore Hollins, could easily rake the approaches to the above-named forts.
General Force, From Fort Henry to Corinth, pp. 68, 69.
On or about the 12th of March, General McCown's forces, exclusive of the gunboats—which were not under his orders, but had come to co-operate with him—consisted of twelve regiments and one battalion of infantry, fived day of the bombardment (what must it not have been on the last!), uses this language: Thirteen-inch shells exploding in the ground made caverns in the soil.
Water stood on the ground within, and the artillerists waded in mud and water.
From Fort Henry to Corinth, p. 80. Lieutenant-Colonel Cook, of the 12th Arkansas, had been placed in command of the Island on the morning of the 7th, by order of General Mackall.
Having had news, on the evening of that day, that General Pope's forces had effe