r the whole fleet started, and by ten o'clock we had reached Smithland, at the mouth of the Cumberland River.
The scene here was magnificent beyond description — the night was as warm as an evening iibraltar, but its strength is weakness when compared to that of Donelson.
Along Dover, the Cumberland River runs nearly north.
A half-mile or so below it makes a short bend to the west for some hundriefly interrupt the narrative here to say that Fort Donelson is located on the bank of the Cumberland River, but of the character or strength of the work my informant knows nothing beyond the fact ths army completely surrounded our own in the shape of a crescent, whose either end rested on Cumberland River, to the right and left of Fort Donelson.
Through this line a part of our troops may have ceaders of the Dispatch as the first news from a Southern source.
Fort Donelson is on the Cumberland River, two miles from the town of Dover.
The surrounding country is a succession of hills, heavi