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Chapter 16:

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After receiving, at Corinth, the despatches announcing the fall of Fort Donelson, with the capture of most of its garrison, General Beauregard telegraphed General Johnston to know whether he had issued any direct orders for the troops in General Polk's district. The following answer, forwarded to Columbus, in anticipation of General Beauregard's arrival there, was received by him on the 17th, at Jackson. It is given in full:

Nashville, February 16th, 1862.
To General Beauregard:
Your despatch of 16th received. You must do as your judgment dictates. No orders for your troops have issued from here. Colonel Chalmers is a brigadier-general.

W. W. Mackall, A. A. Genl.

Two days afterwards General Johnston himself forwarded this additional telegram:

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