The telegraphic reports in another column confirm the rumor published yesterday regarding the retreat of Gen. A. S. Johnston
' to Decatur, Ala.
The present position, being on the left bank of the Tennessee
, is much more desirable than the previous one, as the enemy will be unable to get in his rear.
The river is navigable to the Murcle Shoals
for light draft gunboats, from which a force could be landed.
It is necessary, therefore, to take a stand behind this point to prevent being surrounded.
The strength of the Union
feeling in Nashville
seems to have been greatly over-estimated by the Yankees
, and their soldiers express themselves both surprised and chagrined to find so little sympathy among the people.
Every Union flag in the city — some two or three in number — have been raised by their own hands.