age when the war broke out. Determined to raise a cavalry command, he ventured to Louisville, Kentucky, after the battle of Manassas, 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, traversed the country to the Ohio River, where he captured a supply-transport, well loaded.
having rejoined Forrest, they attacked the Federal gunboat Conestoga at Canton Landing.
The novel sight was there witnessed of a fight between cavalry and a gunboat; the latter belching thunders from nine heavy guns, the former rattling her iron sides with a four-pounder and sh