ssas, and with his own money bought and brought away the arms and equipments requisite to put them in the field.
His eight companies numbered 650 men, Alabamians, Tennesseeans, Kentuckians, and Texans — a mixed command.
They rendezvoused at Fort Donelson late in October, and, moving thence to Hopkinsville, were thrown forward, about the middle of November, by General Tilghman, commanding there, to observe the section between the Green and Cumberland Rivers.
Major Kelly, with one squadron,ere he found a heavy Federal force, and, in returning, burned the bridges over Pond River, a tributary of Green River.
When General Clark retired from Hopkinsville to Clarksville, February 7th, Forrest covered his retreat.
Thence he went to Fort Donelson, in time to take part in the defence there.
The following letters to the Secretary of War explain the situation in Kentucky in December.
It will be remembered that it was at the date of the second of these letters, Christmas-day, that Ge