ssignment to command
occupation of Bowling Green by General Buckner
General Zollicoffer at Cumberland Gap
General Polk holds left wing at Columbus
Federal advance from Louisville
John H. Morgan
ashville railroad crosses Green river. General Zollicoffer having previously been ordered to Cumberland Gap, the line of defense was thus established, with Columbus as the left, Bowling Green the center and Cumberland Gap the right.
This was a line which from the topography of the country presented many serious difficulties, there being no direct communication by rail between the center and eitheormidable force collecting in his front from Louisville; and General Zollicoffer, at or near Cumberland Gap, had about 5,000 of all arms in a country scant of supplies and with no railroad base nearerions.
To his other expedients he added the construction of fortifications at Bowling Green, Cumberland Gap and at Forts Donelson and Henry—the latter respectively on the Cumberland and Tennessee rive