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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 Gene
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 posi 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 House of Representatives created a special committee to inquire into the military disasters at Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, and the surrender of Nashville to the enemy, and as to the conduct, number, remained silent under reproaches for not advancing to attack the enemy.
When Forts Donelson and Henry were more immediately threatened, he gave reenforcements from his small command until his own li