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the Union's hopes and Halleck's fame, I cannot possibly imagine how it could have been more mortifyingly disastrous. If the attack at Shiloh was a surprise to General Grant, the evacuation of Corinth was no less a surprise to General Halleck. If the one ruined Grant, the other has laid out in pallid death the military name and faGrant, the other has laid out in pallid death the military name and fame of Major-General Halleck. The druggist says he was two weeks getting away. But aside from such testimony, could the army of Beauregard be removed so cleanly, and completely, and noiselessly, during a night, or day and night, or two days and two nights? Did it require the tremendous concussion of the magazine explosion to gl is a much better General than many who have been his superiors in command, and could do more with a division than half-a-dozen such men as General Pope. Sturges, Grant, Buell, Rosecrans, and others, who have displayed traits of genius under adverse circumstances, have never been called to chief command, simply because they were
a friend the forces of General Pillow surprised by Grant the Southern troops narrowly escape a defeat reenfne morning. In pursuance of his amiable purpose, Grant collected a fleet of large river steamboats, and emb the river makes a sudden bend, and behind this bend Grant disembarked his forces, and began to advance towardslow had been attacked by an overwhelming force under Grant, and that we were going to the rescue. In a shor and assumed command. He had scarcely done so, when Grant's advance opened fire, and the fight soon became fiellery. Having failed in his attack on the wings, Grant knew there was little time to spare, and repeatedly possession of our camps, and were firing them, that Grant would hurry forward his columns, and give us no timeding troops far up the river on his line of retreat, Grant immediately began to fall back, but had not proceededer these circumstances resistance was hopeless, and Grant reluctantly ordered a retreat, but while conducting
d as to be unaware of their advantages by the Cumberland and Tennessee rivers. Grant, who is now at Cairo, longs for an opportunity to retrieve his disgrace at Belm not long left in suspense. Buell dared not attack us in front, but waited for Grant to ascend the Cumberland in our rear. Our right flank was threatened also by ahe enemy had shown their strength on our right, and driven in Crittenden, while Grant was preparing to ascend the Cumberland. The fortifications were dismantled and at Bowling Green. His force was a small one, but well seasoned; so that, upon Grant appearing in the Cumberland, he was ordered to Fort Donelson, and was chief in to more than fifteen thousand men, and we had but little artillery. Very soon Grant steamed up the river, and having captured Fort Henry without difficulty, approahe departure of Pillow, he surrendered the fort and the remaining troops to General Grant, who spoke in complimentary terms of the splendid but useless resistance of
rty thousand strong, were hurrying on from Kentucky to join Grant, who, with eighty thousand men, was about to cross the Tenn rapid, skilful movements, contributing much to the rout of Grant and his large army at that place. He has proved himself ane appearance of confusion on one part of their line, though Grant had been informed of our vicinity the night before. As we d I am deaf even now; but feeling determined to pay off old Grant for our scrape at Donelson, our onset was fierce End dashinour o'clock, and Buell was reported as rapidly advancing to Grant's relief, but was yet several miles from the river's edge. ubted that ere the sun again rose, the whole of Buell's and Grant's forces combined would be hurled upon us. Although Beast shot. The shattered regiments and brigades collected by Grant gave ground before our men, and every one thought that victour newly acquired strength on the dispirited battalions of Grant, Buell poured in his fresh troops, and the fight became ter
vements of Beauregard's army in Mississippi, after the battle of Shiloh our defences at Corinth General Halleck takes command of the combined armies of Buell and Grant, and follows on to Corinth both armies intrench magnitude of the Federal works Beauregard suddenly retreats to Tullahoma policy of his retreat the Federals doecond day; of the first day's victory, of Albert Sydney Johnston's death; and of our reverse and retreat on the second day, before the combined armies of Buell and Grant. I also informed you that the retreat was covered by General Breckinridge, with his Kentuckians, and of the admirable manner in which he performed that difficult h Van Dorn and a few Arkansians, the trans-Mississippi campaign being considered closed for some time. Within a few days, we learned that the tremendous forces of Grant and Buell, combined under command of Halleck, were slowly advancing. It was reported that they swarmed over the country like locusts, eating or destroying every t