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Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories 191 93 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 4. (ed. Frank Moore) 185 3 Browse Search
Colonel William Preston Johnston, The Life of General Albert Sidney Johnston : His Service in the Armies of the United States, the Republic of Texas, and the Confederate States. 182 0 Browse Search
Adam Badeau, Military history of Ulysses S. Grant from April 1861 to April 1865. Volume 1 156 0 Browse Search
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1. 145 1 Browse Search
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2. 128 0 Browse Search
William F. Fox, Lt. Col. U. S. V., Regimental Losses in the American Civil War, 1861-1865: A Treatise on the extent and nature of the mortuary losses in the Union regiments, with full and exhaustive statistics compiled from the official records on file in the state military bureaus and at Washington 106 18 Browse Search
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 103 3 Browse Search
Alfred Roman, The military operations of General Beauregard in the war between the states, 1861 to 1865 84 0 Browse Search
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War. 80 0 Browse Search
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sked what was the strength of Forts Henry and Donelson, General Johnston said they were tolerably weyesterday into the hands of the enemy, and Fort Donelson, on the Cumberland River, not being tenabl all of them in succession. The loss of Fort Donelson (God grant it may not fall) would be follo-General Bushrod R. Johnson had arrived at Fort Donelson and assumed command; but on the 10th was rt Henry and the calamitous capitulation of Fort Donelson, resulting in the loss of Kentucky and Tenty, thence, by boat—about twenty miles —to Fort Donelson, or by railroad to the vicinity of the forille, could have been moved by railroad to Fort Donelson in two days at most from the date of the o Tilghman's 2d report. The position of Fort Donelson was no better, and its works were incompleon should, therefore, have been made, or else Donelson should have been abandoned altogether; therebs it was, on the very day of the attack on Fort Donelson—the 13th—the General-in-Chief, without bei[12 more.
al Johnston requested by General Beauregard to change his line of retreat and turn towards Decatur, so as to co-operate with him. General Johnston accedes to his request.> After receiving, at Corinth, the despatches announcing the fall of Fort Donelson, with the capture of most of its garrison, General Beauregard telegraphed General Johnston to know whether he had issued any direct orders for the troops in General Polk's district. The following answer, forwarded to Columbus, in anticipatio Dear Sir,—As you are aware, heavy disasters have recently befallen our arms on the Kentucky border. The Tennessee River is in possession of the enemy since the capture of Fort Henry. The evacuation of Bowling Green, and subsequent fall of Fort Donelson, with large loss of officers, men, arms, and munitions, have so weakened us on that line, that Nashville can only be held by superhuman energy, determination, and courage. At the same time, the direct communications of the forces at Columbus
General Beauregard was a cadet there; and had at a later period served with distinction in the Mexican War. General Grant, who, for a time after the capture of Fort Donelson, had been virtually suspended by General Halleck, for an alleged disobedience of orders, arrived on the 17th, and resumed command. Meanwhile, on the 14th, Genhe troops he had then assembled there, especially as more than half of the Federal army consisted of seasoned troops, fresh from the successes of Forts Henry and Donelson, with supports at convenient distances, and abundantly supplied with munitions for offensive operations. In fact, General Johnston, regarding Corinth as too cloth irregular troops. had entered Bowling Green on the 15th of February, the day after it was evacuated by the Confederates, and one day before the surrender of Fort Donelson. He had then advanced leisurely on Nashville, about seventy-five miles distant, arriving opposite that city, on the Cumberland River, on the 23d. It was surr
the prolongation of our presence in front of their positions before the hour for battle, next morning; that the Federal army would, no doubt, be found intrenched to the eyes, and ready for our attack; that it was unwise to push, against breastworks, troops so raw and undisciplined as ours, badly armed and worse equipped, while their antagonists, besides the advantage of number, position, discipline, and superiority of arms, were largely composed of men lately victorious at Forts Henry and Donelson; that, from his experience in the war with Mexico and, more recently, at Manassas and Centreville, he considered volunteers, when well commanded and occupying strong defensive positions, equal to regulars, if attacked in front, as the Federals would be by us; General Sherman, in his Memoirs, says of the Federal position: The position was naturally strong, with Snake Creek on our right, a deep, bold stream, with a confluent (Owl Creek) to our right front, and Lick Creek, with a similar co
, for otherwise our communication would be cut off by the enemy as soon as those two rivers shall have risen sufficiently to admit the entrance of their gunboats and transports. The best positions for said works are about forty miles below forts Donelson and Henry, not far from Eddysville, where those two rivers come within one and a half miles of each other. I am informed there is at that point a commanding elevation where a strong field-work could be constructed for a garrison of about twehimself from his Army of the Potomac to go West in a new field, at a most gloomy period of our revolution; then, with scanty resources, to form a new army, under every possible disadvantage, consequent upon the unexpected fall of forts Henry and Donelson, he was found equal to every emergency; and then at the battle of Shiloh, and in the masterly retreat from Corinth, saved that army. We know the enthusiasm with which his return would inspire our noble army, who long to see him, and that the wo
nemy had reconnoitred the roads leading to Fort Donelson, from Bailey's Ferry, by way of Iron Mounte force at Fort Henry was necessary to aid Fort Donelson, either in making a successful defence, orlow the breaking of our centre, resting on Forts Donelson and Henry. The latter alternative was alln a concentration of my entire division on Fort Donelson, and the holding of that place as long as mmand, now outside the main work, towards Fort Donelson, resolving to suffer as little loss as pos main force at Cumberland City, leaving at Fort Donelson enough to make all possible resistance to o General Beauregard: At 2 A. M. to-day Fort Donelson surrendered. We lost all. A. S. JohnstoBeauregard, Corinth: At 2 A. M. to-day Fort Donelson surrendered. We lost all the army except rmined that, Fort Henry having fallen, and Fort Donelson not being long tenable, preparations shoul only result in an early fate like that of Fort Donelson, and the loss of the Mississippi Valley, a[2 more...]