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Xi. February, 1862 Fall of Fort Henry. of Fort Donelson. lugubrious inauguration of the President in the permanent government. loss of Roanoke Island. February 1 We had a startling rumor yesterday that New Orleans had been take
omous snakes could be heard.
They have ascended to Florence, and may get footing in Alabama and Mississippi!
And Fort Donelson has been attacked by an immensely superior force.
We have 15,000 men there to resist, perhaps, 75,000!
Was ever suc r. Hunter has resigned, and taken his place in the Senate.
At last we have the astounding tidings that Donelson has fallen, and Buckner, and 9000 men, arms, stores, everything are in possession of the enemy!
Did the President know be fulfilled.
Columbus is to be evacuated.
Beauregard sees that it is untenable with Forts Henry and Donelson in possession of the enemy.
He will not be caught in such a trap as that.
But he is erecting a battery at Island No.10
Xi. February, 1862 Fall of Fort Henry. of Fort Donelson. lugubrious inauguration of the President in the permanent government. loss of Roanoke Island. February 1 We had a startling rumor yesterday that New Orleans had been taken by the enemy, without firing a gun. I hastened to the Secretary and asked him if it could be true. He had not heard of it, and turned pale. But a moment after, recollecting the day on which it was said the city had fallen, he seized a New Orleans paper of a subsequent date, and said the news could not be true, since the paper made no mention of it. February 2 The rumor of yesterday originated in the assertion of a Yankee paper that New Orleans would be taken without firing a gun. Some of our people fear it may be so, since Mr. Benjamin's friend, Gen. Lovell, who came from New York since the battle of Manassas, is charged with the defense of the city. He delivered lectures, it is said, last summer on the defenses of New York — in t