(vol. i., pp. 206-208) undertakes to give a statement of his strength, about the 3d or 4th of November.
He states that General McCook
had at Nolin
four brigades, consisting of fourteen regiments of volunteers and some regulars, besides artillery — a force 13,000 strong.
also furnishes a tabulated list of the regiments under his command, which must
have been compiled from imperfect sources.
He mentions eleven regiments in easy supporting distance of McCook
, and assigns seven to Thomas
at Dick Robinson
, with three more near by, besides seven others at different points.
This makes forty-two regiments.
's command, elsewhere mentioned as containing five regiments, of which three contained 2,650 men, is probably intentionally excluded from this table.
But the list contains no mention of a number of Kentucky
regiments then actually or nearly completed, some of which were then doing service, such as those commanded by Garrard
, and others.
By reference to Van Horne
's work, it will be found that a number of these were brigaded December 3d.
Nor is any account taken of the numerous organizations of Home Guards. General Sherman
estimated the Confederate
force from Bowling Green
at from 25,000 to 30,000 men-double their real numbers.
Appendix B (2).
estimated the Federal
force in his front at 15,000 to 20,000; in the Lower Green River country at 3,000; near Camp Dick Robinson
, at 10,000; and elsewhere in Northern Kentucky
, at 10,000.
These figures were substantially correct.
|Sherman's command, from his own account, may be tabulated thus: |
|Fourteen regiments at Nolin (his figures)||13,000|
|Twenty-eight regiments mentioned (estimated)||26,000|
|Ten regiments not mentioned||,000|
This does not include Home Guards.