onfederate soldiers at Piketon, near the head of the Big Sandy River.
Their commander, Colonel John S. Williams, was endeavoring to supply and equip them.
from the resources of the neighborhood.
But lie was not to be left unmolested.
Brigadier-General Nelson, who had advanced to Prestonburg with a Federal force, now pushed forward, and attacked Williams on the 8th of November.
Nelson had four large regiments, a battalion, and two sections of artillery — nearly 4,000 men. Williams made a staNelson had four large regiments, a battalion, and two sections of artillery — nearly 4,000 men. Williams made a stand for time to get off his stores, which he did with little loss.
A sharp fight ensued; and Williams finally fell back, having suffered little.
He admitted a loss of eleven killed, eighteen wounded, and some forty missing. The Federal accounts are inconsistent.
One of them acknowledged a loss of thirteen killed and thirty-five wounded. Williams conducted his retreat with success; and reached Pound Gap on the 13th of November with 835 men, the rest having scattered.
Here he was met by Brigadi
esboro, I made no halt, but continued my march to Savannah.
And further yet, the day before his arrival at Savannah, General Nelson, who commanded my leading division, advised General Grant by courier of his approach, and was informed in reply that April 5, 1871, published in the Cincinnati Commercial, strongly corroborates General Buell's statement that Grant delayed Nelson's march.
He says Nelson told him, at Columbia, that he was not wanted at Savannah before Monday, April 7th, but, everythNelson told him, at Columbia, that he was not wanted at Savannah before Monday, April 7th, but, everything favoring him, he arrived there on the 5th, at noon. Thus, he anticipated in time not only the calculations of the Confederate commanders, but Buell's orders, by two days.
There is no reason for believing that General Buell disappointed any ju
The First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Divisions, commanded respectively by Brigadier-Generals Thomas, McCook, Nelson, Crittenden, and Wood, with a contingent force of cavalry, in all 37,000 effective men, constituted the main army, which,