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General Johnston's papers are certain memoranda, intended as the basis of his reply to an inquiry instituted by the Confederate Congress as to why he did not inaugurate an offensive campaign. Though applying to his conduct at a later period, they contain substantially his reasons for the adoption and maintenance of the defensive line established by him. With the explanations already given, these ought to settle the question: Memorandum. I took command at Bowling Green on the 28th day of October, 1861, the force being nearly 12,000 men. From the best information we could get, the forces of the enemy were estimated at nearly twice the number of our own when I assumed command. There were many reasons why Bowling Green was held and fortified. It was a good base of military operations; was a proper depot for supplies; was capable, if fortified, of being held against largely superior numbers. If the army should be such that a forward movement was practicable, it could be held by a
m writing from a Union county, and it is said to be different in other counties. They appear to me passive, if not apathetic. There are thousands of ardent friends of the South in the State, but there is apparently among them no concert of action.. I shall, however, still hope that the love and spirit of liberty are not yet extinct in Kentucky. General Johnston now addressed himself to the reorganization of his army, which is given in Special Order No. 51, issued at Bowling Green, October 28, 1861. It is given in full, as it not only exhibits something of the personnel of its officers, but assists in a verification of the strength of the army, and will elucidate its movements: first division. Major-General Hardee, commanding. Cavalry. Adams's regiment and Phifer's battalion. Artillery. Swett's, Twigg's Hubbard's, and Byrne's batteries. Infantry. First Brigade.-Brigadier-General Hindman, commanding. Second Arkansas Regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel Bocage. Second Arkansas Reg