--A Nashville correspondent of the Memphis Avalanche
, writing under date of the 13th, says:
It was reported here last night that a fight of a most desperate character was going on at Fort Donelson
, about 12,000 on each side engaged; but as yet it is not confirmed.
is falling back from Bowling Green
It is not known whether he will stop at Gallatin
or come to Nashville
This movement is necessary, and no doubt very proper under the circumstances.
The enemy had left their position in front of Johnson
, and evidently intended a flank movement, with the view of cutting off his communication.
I never complain of those in authority, particularly in the military — we must take it for granted that our Generals
know what they are doing; but I think just at this time East Tennessee
is in great danger from the Federal
I know of no force to prevent an army marching from Kentucky
into East Tennessee
, and if they once get in there how are we to get them out?
The passes between East Tennessee
ought to be guarded at every hazard, and to the last extremity.
Some of Gen. Polk
's friends are very indignant at the course Gen. Pillow
has pursued towards him. I am satisfied the matter cannot rest as it is; but at present can say no more.
is all excitement; if we are whipped at Fort Donelson
, it will be hard to hold Nashville
Some say the Federalists care but little about Nashville
; that Memphis
is the point they want above all others in this valley.
So look out at Memphis
is reported to be at Bowling Green
, at Columbus
, &c.; look out, he will turn up at the right place, and at the proper moment.
is up to snuff in the military line; to use a common expression of the boys, he's lightning.
So look out for him when the big fight comes off.
Since writing the above, a dispatch has been received from Gen. Pillow
, dated at eleven o'clock to-day, in which he says: ‘"A general engagement along the lines with artillery commenced at five o'clock this morning.
If I had two days more, I would have been in position to defend myself."’ This last part of the dispatch I do not like — it shows a want of confidence in the result.
was burned to the ground this morning by the Confederates