Gen Albert Sidney Johnston. To the editors of the Dispatch:

Republics, it is said, are often ungrateful.--There has been no exemplification of this fact than the lately raised against a gallant officer for unavoidable disasters. I refer to Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston. Calm reflection, however, is now proving the gross injustice of the popular clamor, which blamed him for the capture of Fort Donelson by an overwhelming force of the enemy Do your readers know what force Gen. Johnston had? Besides the 14, 000 at Fort Donelson, he had not more than 10,000 men on his retreat from Bowling Green to Nashville.--He could not be ubiquitous, and could not, with so small a force. protect Nashville against a column of 80,000 troops. Did he not use every exertion to rouse up Tennessee, and urge the people to make such preparations as would render Nashville impregnable? The writer knows that he did as far back as October last. The people of that State are a gallant race, the citizens of Nashville are as true and loyal to our Government as any in the South. I have not a word or a reflection to make against them; but they did not dream of the enemy attacking Tennessee, and all of Gen. Johnston's efforts and appeals were rendered fruitless by the unfortunate and mistaken confidence which the people had in the ability of our small army to repel a host of invaders. I wish to call the attention of your readers to the testimony of Gov. Harris, in his late message to the Legislature at Memphis:

"Immediately upon hearing of the fall of Fort Donelson, I called upon Gen. Johnston to tender to him all the resources of the State which could be made available, with my full co-operation in any and all measures of defence of our State and capital. Gen. Johnston informed me that under the circumstances which surrounded him, with the small force then under his command, he regarded it as his duty to the army he commanded and the Government he represented, to fall back with his army south of Nashville, making no defence of the city, and that he would do so immediately upon the arrival of the army from Bowling Green. The necessity for this retrograde movement, I am certain, was deeply regretted by Gen. Johnston. None could have deplored it more seriously than myself.

"Many weeks before this crisis in our affairs, Gen. Johnston sent a highly accomplished and able engineer, Major Gilmer. to Nashville to construct first cations for the defence of the city. Laborers were needed for their construction. I joined Major Gilmer in an earnest and urgent appeal to the people to send in their laborers for this purpose, offering and fair compensation. This appeal was so responded to that I advised Gen. Johnston to impress the necessary labor, but owing to the difficulty in obtaining the laborers, the works were not completed; indeed, some of them little more the a commenced, when Fort Donelson fell"

I make the prediction now, that General Johnston will yet prove himself to be a General of surpassing ability and sagacity. He is long-headed and clear headed, and strengthened as he is, the day is not distant when his gentle will add fresh laurels to his own brow and lasting fame to the Confederacy. He has not had the opportunity to display his talents. When a fair field is presented to him, the nation, with one acclaim, will hall him as among the noblest and trust of her sons. Kentucky.

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