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erican armies were to engage in a mighty struggle that would measure up to the most important in the annals of Europe.
And the pity of it was that the contestants were brethren of the same household, not hereditary and unrelenting enemies.
At Fort Donelson the western South was not slain — it was only wounded.
The chief commander of that part of the country, Albert Sidney Johnston, determined to concentrate the scattered forces and to make a desperate effort to retrieve the disaster of Donelson.
He had abandoned Bowling Green, had given up Nashville, and now decided to collect his troops at Corinth, Mississippi.
Next in command to Johnston was General Beauregard who fought at Bull Run, and who had come from Virginia to aid Johnston.
There also came Braxton Bragg, whose name had become famous through the laconic expression, A little more grape, Captain Bragg, uttered by Zachary Taylor at Buena Vista; Leonidas Polk who, though a graduate of West Point, had entered the church and