angement—worth more than an army of Kentuckians to the Confederacy—and perhaps fomenting opposition to the government.
In furtherance of his purposes, whatever they were, he sought an interview with McClellan through Samuel Gill, a brother West Point graduate.
As there could be no reasonable objection to the proposal, McClellan received Buckner and his friend.
In an official letter to the War Department, dated June 11th, he states that the meeting took place at his house in Cincinnati on June 8th, and this is what he says of it:
We sat up all night, talking about matters of common interest.
Buckner gave me his word that should any Tennessee troops cross the frontier of Kentucky, he would use all the force at his disposal to drive them out, and, failing in that, would call on me for assistance.
He went to Tennessee after leaving here, to present that view to Governor Harris.
It is to be noticed that in this letter McClellan makes no allusion to any pledges to Buckner in retur