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r other interference by the enemy — a result manifestly not in the table of probabilities-and led against either Buell or Grant, what would have been the chance of success?
Buell had an army 75,000 strong.
Grant could not be assailed in his fortifGrant could not be assailed in his fortifications on the north side of the Ohio; and, even if his intrenched position at Paducah had been attacked, he had his fleets and 25,000 men, with Buell and Halleck to draw upon for any required reinforcements up to 100,000 men within three or four don, either through the sluggishness of the enemy, or by the prolonged resistance of his own troops, to repair disaster.
Grant moved February 2d; in four days Henry was in his hands.
Ten days only intervened between General Johnston's first informd, if possible, a crushing blow should be dealt to Buell's army, which was regarded at the time as the most menacing, for Grant and Foote had not yet moved.
Johnston fell in with this plan, and Beauregard proceeded to Columbus to put it in train of