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25.-Skirmis on Green River Ky., February 1, 1862.
The following is a private letter from Capt. Joe Presdee, of the Second cavalry, Forty-first regiment Indiana volunteers, fighting on Green River, near Bowling Green, Ky.
camp Wickliffe, Banks of Green River, Ky., Tuesday, February 4, 1862.
my dear J----: Hurrah for Company H, of the Second cavalry, Forty-first regiment Indiana volunteers, commanded by the gallant Colonel Bridgland!
I, together with my boys, on last Saturday, opened the ball with secesh for the Second Indiana cavalry, and made the rebels pay for the music, as we killed three and wounded two! with none hurt on our side — and now for the story.
On Friday morning I was ordered out, with my company, for picket duty, with three days rations.
I tell you the boys, when they heard the order, were tickled to death, and so was I, and off we started, and before night I had eight posts picked out, and my men placed at them, beside what I had at my headquarters
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