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Chapter 17: Results of the surrender of forts Henry and Donelson retreat from Bowling Green criticism on General A. S. Johnston change of plan necessary evacuation of Nashville Generals Floyd and Pillow my letter to General Johnston his reply my answer defense of General Johnston battle of Elkhorn topography of Shiloh. The loss of Forts Henry and Donelson opened the river routes to Nashville and north Alabama, and thus turned the positions both at Bowling Green and Columbus. These disasters subjected General Johnston to very severe criticism, of which we shall take notice further on in these pages. A conference was held on February 7th by Generals Johnston, Beauregard (who had been previously ordered to report to Johnston), and Hardee, as to the future plan of campaign. It was determined, as Fort Henry had fallen and Donelson was untenable, that preparations should at once be made for a removal of the army to Nashville, in rear of the Cumberland River, a