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l of war. It must, of course, have been agreeable to him to be sustained beforehand by General Beauregard's formal approval of a retreat under much less stringent circumstances than now actually existed. The following is General Beauregard's letter: Letter from General Beauregard to General Johnston. Bowling Green, Kentucky, February 12, 1862. General: By the fall of Fort Henry the enemy having possession of the Tennessee River, which is navigable for their gunboats and transports to Florence, it becomes evident that the forces under your immediate command and those under General Polk, separated unfortunately by that river, can no longer act in concert, and will be unable to support each other until the fortune of war shall have restored the Tennessee River to our possession, or combined the movement of the two armies in the rear of it. It also becomes evident that, by the possession of that river, the enemy can concentrate rapidly, by means of his innumerable transports, al
r in the Federal encampments. There was no lack of provisions, however, and the men reveled without stint in the unwonted luxuries of the Federal sutlers' stores. At headquarters, credence was given to a misleading dispatch from Decatur (or Florence). Colonel Jordan, in a letter to the Savannah Republican, says of General Beauregard: Animated by the plain dictates of prudence and foresight, he sought to be ready for the coming storm, which he had anticipated and predicted as earlyad been handed me on the battle-field, which encouraged the hope that the main part of Buell's forces had marched in the direction of Decatur. He says (in his Life of Forrest, page 136) that this emanated from a reliable officer, placed near Florence for observation, and adds: Buell's timely junction with General Grant was accordingly deemed impossible. Therefore the capture of the latter was regarded at Confederate headquarters as inevitable the next day, as soon as all the scattered