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