7, 1862. General A. S. Johnston:
sir: Your order of the twelfth of this month, transmitted to me by telegraph from Bowling Green to Cumberland City, reached me the same evening.
It directed me to repair at once, with what force I could command, ation, with reference to his regiment.
Previous to the month of February, the Mississippians had been stationed at Bowling Green.
Affairs at Forts Henry and Donelson, however, being in a precarious condition, and the certainty of a Federal advanat execution in several charges.
The opinion prevalent in the army of the West is, that if the troops retired from Bowling Green could have concentrated at Donelson, or a reenforcement of ten thousand fresh men been added to the exhausted army at the army would fall back and endeavor to retrieve their losses from another point.
On Sunday, the army evacuating Bowling Green passed through Nashville, en route for Murfreesboro, or some other locality in that vicinity — a heterogeneous mixtur