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[328] Fifteenth Arkansas Confederate), a squadron of Terry's Texas Rangers, and one piece of Shoup's artillery, against a Federal force at Jamestown, which retired on his approach, abandoning some supplies. He was soon afterward promoted to brigadier-general.

The fall of Forts Henry and Donelson on the ad and 14th of February, 1862, was a lamentable disaster which changed the situation in Kentucky. Grant's possession of the Tennessee river cut off Columbus and separated Bowling Green from Nashville. It became necessary for the entire Confederate army in Kentucky to fall back to another line to protect Memphis. Before the fall of Donelson, every preparation for the retreat from Bowling Green was quietly made; all ordnance and army stores were quietly moved southward; and on February 11th troops began to move. Colonel Shaver's Arkansas brigade covered the retreat. By order, Colonel Shaver burned the depot at Bowling Green and destroyed the telegraph lines on the way. On the 16th the last of the wearied columns passed through Nashville, and during the next two days the main body of the command was moved from Nashville to Murfreesboro. On the 28th the march was resumed to Decatur, through Shelbyville, and Fayetteville, Tenn. Halting at these points to bring up his impedimenta, General Johnston at the close of March joined Beauregard at Corinth, Miss., the crossing of the Mobile & Ohio and Memphis & Charleston railroads.

On March 5th, General Johnston dispatched the secretary of war from Huntsville, Ala.: ‘The advance will reach Decatur in three days. Cleburne's brigade and two regiments and battalion of cavalry left at Shelbyville, under General Hardee, to forward pork, and then rejoin main body.’ Cleburne had as yet seen but little of the ‘pride of glorious war.’ Constructing plank roads through the lowlands, a depressing and painful retreat in the winter, and guarding and forwarding ‘pork’ in

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