the Tennessee River to the use of the Federal generals, it was cer-
tain that they would promptly transport an army to the point most
available for further rapid and decisive offensive operations. He
at once divined that their plan would be to sieze Corinth at the
junction of the Mobile & Ohio and Memphis & Charleston rail-
roads. The forces intended for that operation he felt sure would
be disembarked at Pittsburg Landing, thirty miles from Corinth.
If Corinth was occupied by these forces while he still lingered in
Tennessee with the troops which had been stationed at Bowling
Green and other points in Kentucky, all chance of concentrating
his army, of amassing all his available strength, would, as has al-
ready been indicated, be lost ; he could never hope to be in a con-
dition to deliver successful and decisive battle, as his scattered
fragments would become hopelessly fugitive, or one by one fall
easy prey to vastly superior numbers. There is good reason for
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