isted of three armies: Polk's on the left, at Columbus; Buckner's in the centre, about Bowling Green October, Polk had some 10,000 men to protect Columbus from Grant's 20,000 or 25,000 troops at and n his command.
General Johnston remained at Columbus superintending its fortifications, and directl he made the following report by telegraph:
Columbus, October 12, 1861.
The troops here are stissee and Virginia covered by Zollicoffer, and Columbus from Cairo by river, and Paducah by land, andirect attack on Bowling Green, and considered Columbus secure.
At Columbus there were some 12,000 eColumbus there were some 12,000 effectives, in a commanding position, behind strong fortifications, and with sufficient heavy artilleon that but 6,000 effectives would be left at Columbus, confronted by 25,000 men, who were being lariculties — the great probability of defeat at Columbus or a successful advance of the enemy on my le deal on the character of the country between Columbus and the Cumberland River for its defense.