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[498] relief to the movements above. I am quite sure this blockade can be made at a lower stage of water, but the present stage of water renders this experiment somewhat doubtful; still, I will make every exertion to effect the blockade, if possible. I received by telegraph your authority to make any disposition of the troops which, in my judgment, was best, and acknowledged it by despatch immediately. I am acting accordingly.

I am, General, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

John B. Floyd, Brig.-Genl. C. S. A.

Nashville, Feb. 16th, 1862.
To General Beauregard:

At 2 A. M. to-day Fort Donelson surrendered. We lost all.

Nashville, Feb. 16th, 1862, 10 o'clock A. M.
To General Beauregard, Corinth:
At 2 A. M. to-day Fort Donelson surrendered. We lost all the army except half of Floyd's brigade, which crossed the river. The head of our column is about reaching Nashville.

W. W. MacKALLall, A. A. Genl.

Appendix to Chapter XVI.

No. 1.

Memphis, Feb. 18th, 1862.
To General Beauregard and General Polk:

Inform me, at the earliest moment, of the plans adopted and movements contemplated, that I may rally all the Tennessee forces possible. I will go with them myself.

Isham G. Harris, Governor, etc.

No. 2.

Memphis, Feb. 18th, 1862.
To General Beauregard:

I telegraphed the President, Generals Johnston and Pillow, and yourself, this morning, to know the plans and movements of the future, stating that, as soon as informed, I would rally all the force possible from Tennessee, and place myself with it. I am compelled to know this, and issue orders accordingly, before leaving here. If you do not feel authorized to communicate by telegraph, write, and send a special messenger. I will see you as soon as I can.

Isham G. Harris, Governor, etc.

Jackson, Feb. 18th, 1862, 5 P. M.
Governor I. G. Harris:
I am anxious to see you here with General Polk, to discuss and determine the matters referred to by you. Am still too unwell to assume direct command.

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