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
, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky (east of the Cumberland River), and Tennessee; and Brigadier-General D. C. Buell was assigned to its command, wber, and it was about this time, November 19th, that he called on Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama, to furnish him militia, using the mostan of operations has been made, and that the force intended for East Tennessee will now be combined with the force on this line, making an aggGeneral Buell to concentrate all his strength for a movement upon Tennessee through Central Kentucky, and that not less than 75,000 men are aholds in check the meditated invasion and hoped — for revolt in East Tennessee, but I can neither order Zollicoffer to join me here, nor withdout imperiling our communications toward Richmond, or endangering Tennessee and the Mississippi Valley.
This I have resolved not to do, but ing incident as occurring at Bowling Green:
A distinguished Tennessee politician called on General Johnston, and requested him to make