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nnessee River, as a point of concentration on our side, had telegraphed General Beauregard, recommending the south bank of the Hatchee River, near Bolivar, as offering greater security.
His telegram read as follows:
(ciphered Telegram.) Decatur, March 15th, 1862. To General G. T. Beauregard:
Have you had the south bank of the Hatchee examined, near Bolivar.
I recommend it to your attention.
It has, besides other advantages, that of being further from enemy's base. A. S. Johnston.housand, more or less, he had found in the district under General Polk, on the 17th of February.
He hoped to be joined, before the end of March, by General Johnston's command, of about thirteen thousand men—exclusive of cavalry—then arriving at Decatur; and General Van Dorn, at Van Buren, Arkansas, had promised, at that time, his co-operation with an army of nearly twenty thousand. General Beauregard had sent Van Dorn all the water transportation he could collect on the Mississippi River, wit