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Twentieth Mississippi, Col.----.

Twentieth Kentucky, Col.----.

Third Tennessee, Col. Brown.

One Alabama regiment, Col. Hughes.

Second Kentucky, Col.----.

There were in addition to this force a large number of field-batteries, and three companies that worked the water-batteries, commanded respectively by Captains Ross, Beaumont and Graham.

The troops were mainly in citizens' clothes, their only military insignia being black stripes on their pants. Many of the officers had the regular gray uniform, while others wore the army blue, the only difference from the United States style being in the great profusion of gold lace.

In conversation with many of the officers and men, I learn that a majority of the Tennessee regiments enlisted for twelve months, and since they have been in service, have not received a cent of pay, but have been obliged to defray their own expenses from the beginning. Their hatred of Pillow and Floyd is bitter, as it is thought that these worthies deserted them in a most cowardly manner. The feeling was so strong against Floyd, that several of the confederate soldiers fired at him as he was leaving, and it is asserted by many that he was killed. Floyd some time since proved himself a thief, and now has shown himself, in addition, a coward.

Last evening and to-day, the troops are being embarked on the transports and sent down the river. What disposition will be made of them, I do not know.

The loss of the rebels is not exactly known, but is undoubtedly severe. Every house in Dover was filled with dead and wounded; and from this and other circumstances it is probably not far from the truth to estimate their loss as fully equal to ours, and quite probably greater. The rebels, during the three days, succeeded in capturing quite a large number of National soldiers, in all, probably, from sixty to one hundred. When Floyd and Pillow left, they took all the prisoners with them, and they are now probably caged at Nashville.



Missouri Democrat narrative.

Fort Donelson, Monday, February 17.
Wednesday was quietly consumed in moving from Fort Henry, and getting into position before the rebels, a mile and a half from the Cumberland and the Fort against which we were moving. It was a most glorious day. The atmosphere was cool and invigorating, yet with a bright sun and genial breeze wafted up from the South, it seemed more like a day in May than one still in the winter solstice. Its effect upon our troops was excellent. Enthusiastic and eager to meet the enemy any time, they left their camps, which many of them were destined never again to see, with a cheerfulness and buoyancy of spirits, which would lead ignorant spectators to suppose that some gala-day entertainment was at hand.

Most of Gen. McClernand's division had crossed the slough of despond, which encircles Fort Henry, the afternoon before. Gen. Smith's division began their transit across the river at a seasonable hour, and by nine o'clock the entire army, about eighteen thousand strong, were on the move to the eastward. The character of the movement of the army from Fort Henry will probably be best understood by the following orders of the night previous:

headquarters District of Cairo, Fort Henry, Tenn., Feb. 11, 1862.
General field orders, No. 12.

The troops designated in General Field Orders, No. 9, will move to-morrow, as speedily as possible, in the following order:

One brigade of the first division will move by the Telegraph road directly upon Fort Donelson, halting for further orders at a distance of two miles from the Fort. The other brigades of the first division will move by the Dover Ridge road, and halt at the same distance from the Fort, and throw out troops so as to form a continuous line between the two wings.

The two brigades of the second division now at Fort Henry will follow as rapidly as practicable, by the Dover road, and will be followed by the troops from Fort Heiman, as fast as they can be ferried across the river.

One brigade of the second division should be thrown into Dover to cut off all retreat by the river, if found practicable to do so.

The force of the enemy being so variously reported, it is impossible to give exact details of attack, but the necessary orders will be given on the field.

By order of Brig.-Gen. U. S. Grant Commanding.

Joshua Rawlins, A. A. G.

The army being well started, Gen. Grant and staff left their headquarters on the steamer Uncle Sam, about ten o'clock, and followed rapidly after a division which had taken the ridge or more southerly route. The roads, after once getting beyond the low grounds in the immediate vicinity of the Fort, were admirable. The sandy soil had soon absorbed the great amount of rain which had fallen a few evenings previously, and which had so retarded the advance of our army on Fort Henry--and now fairly on the high land, infantry, artillery, and cavalry moved forward without delay.

The route for the most part led along the high land of the ridges, through a densely wooded country, with signs of a human habitation, or even of cultivation, but rarely visible. I might here state that all of the section between Forts Henry and Donelson is of this character — a mere succession of hills and valleys, thickly wooded with oak and “second growth,” and with here and there a cluster of pine groves, whose evergreens contrasted prettily with the barren vegetation surrounding. The ridges vary from one hundred to three hundred feet in height. Through most of the valleys are pure streams of water, which, as they approach the Tennessee and Cumberland, to which they are tributaries, gradually assume, on account of the back-water from them, the magnitude of large streams, which in nc


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