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d at Columbus. inspection of the works at Bowling Green. what General Beauregard thinks of them. ure and receive its welcome. He reached Bowling Green on the evening of the 4th, and there met, hty thousand men, to within forty miles of Bowling Green, at Bacon Creek, on the Louisville and Nast, General Johnston stated that he had, at Bowling Green, some fourteen thousand effectives of all ic defects in the Confederate positions at Bowling Green, Forts Henry and Donelson, and Columbus. G which resulted therefrom, detained him at Bowling Green until its evacuation, and, for six months m by a wretched cold all the time I was at Bowling Green. It was the most unfortunate thing that c time and labor misspent upon Columbus and Bowling Green been applied to the construction of properree miles apart, and nearly on a line with Bowling Green and Columbus. These would have given us ce left to General Hardee the evacuation of Bowling Green and the conduct of the retreat of its garr[16 more...]
h, 1862. Sir,—In conformity with the intention announced to the department, the corps under the command of Major-General Hardee completed the evacuation of Bowling Green on the 14th instant, and the rear guard passed the Cumberland at this point yesterday morning in good order. I have ordered the army to encamp to-night midwtime to meet the emergency, unless favored by our adversary's failure to embrace the opportunity offered. General Johnston had informed General Beauregard, at Bowling Green, that he had exhausted all means of procuring more armed troops from the Confederate and State governments, and his official correspondence shows that he had have recently 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 munitions, have so weakened us on that line, that Nashville can only be held
tary History of U. S. Grant, vol. i. p. 68. General Buell He was a contemporary of General Beauregard's at the United States Military Academy, and had done good service as a young officer in Mexico. He was on the staff of General A. S. Johnston, as Adjutant-General in the Utah expedition, shortly before the late war between the States. He was brave and intelligent, but was generally considered too much of a disciplinarian to effect great results with irregular troops. had entered Bowling Green on the 15th of February, the day after it was evacuated by the Confederates, and one day before the surrender of Fort Donelson. He had then advanced leisurely on Nashville, about seventy-five miles distant, arriving opposite that city, on the Cumberland River, on the 23d. It was surrendered to him on the 25th, by the civil authorities, and he occupied it the next day. The rear guard of the Confederate forces, under General Floyd, had left Nashville for Murfreesboroa, thirty-two miles d
ief-Engineer, Captain Harris. The reader is referred to the several chapters preceding the account of the battle of Shiloh, Chapters XV.-XVIII. wherein many of the arrangements made by General Beauregard with regard to Columbus, and for the defence of New Madrid, Island No.10, and Madrid Bend, including the incidents connected therewith, are mentioned at length, and carefully reviewed in the order of their actual occurrence. We allude to the memorandum of February 7th, prepared at Bowling Green by General Beauregard, exhibiting the general plans of operations adopted by General A. S. Johnston at that time; Chapter XV: p. 220. to General Beauregard's letter to General Johnston, dated February 12th, 1862; Ibid. p. 221. to the telegram of the Secretary of War, dated February 19th, authorizing the evacuation of Columbus, as suggested by General Beauregard; Appendix to Chapter XVI. to the latter's communication of February 21st to General Cooper; Ibid. to his circular of