and assigned to the command of the fourth division, including Forts Henry and Donelson.
He had been a resident of Paducah — knew the country and the people — anfor the guns on the 1st of February; but the guns necessary did not time.
Fort Donelson, previously only a river of five or six guns, was being rapidly converted pounders.
There were about 1,200 effective men, (new raised volunteers) at Fort Donelson, and six or seven 32 pound guns, about 800 yards of breastwork; one side ofnt to the Tennessee River Bridge.
Some heavy columbiads, &c., were sent to Forts Donelson and Henry, and rapidly mounted.
From that time till the 8th of Februar that day, Gen. T. caused his whole force (2,000 in all) to retreat towards Fort Donelson by a circuitous route, which evaded the army of Gen. Grant, (10 000 strong.
We have seen a private letter, from an officer who was at Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, and in both battles, from which we make only the following extract: