al Nelson is operating by the line from Olympian Springs, east of Paris, on the Covington & Lexington Railroad, toward Prestonburg, in the valley of the Big Sandy.
where is assembled a force of from twenty-five to thirty-five hundred rebel Kentuckints, Colonels Marshall and Metcalf.
These troops were on the road near Hazel Green and West Liberty, advancing toward Prestonburg.
Upon an inspection of the map, you will observe these are all divergent lines, but rendered necessary, from the faey can receive assistance from neighboring States.
Our lines are all too weak, probably with the exception of that to Prestonburg.
To strengthen these, I am thrown on the raw levies of Ohio and Indiana, who arrive in detachments, perfectly fresh frced to operate on three lines, all dependent on railroads of doubtful safety, requiring strong guards.
From Paris to Prestonburg, three Ohio regiments and some militia — enemy variously reported from thirty-five hundred to seven thousand.
s were either built or in progress, and the people were already clamorous for a general forward movement.
Another considerable army had also been collected in Pennsylvania under General Patterson, and, at the time I speak of, had moved forward to Hagerstown and. Williamsport, on the Potomac River.
My brother, John Sherman, was aral Anderson forty thousand of the best Springfield muskets, instead of which we had received only about twelve thousand Belgian muskets, which the Governor of Pennsylvania had refused, as had also the Governor of Ohio, but which had been adjudged good enough for Kentucky.
I asserted that volunteer colonels raising regiments in vn immaterial matters; and some orders were issued by telegraph, by the Secretary of War, for some small reenforcements to be sent to Kentucky immediately, from Pennsylvania and Indiana.
A short time after the council was held — the exact time is not now remembered by the writer — an imperfect narrative of it appeared in the New