the assistance possible, though that was necessarily a vague hope, as you will see what we had to do to fulfil it. Immediately after our arrival, Col. Garrard--a plain, earnest, brave, and cautious man, possessing all the virtues which belong to the Kentucky character, with none of those foibles which we of the North attach to it from our point of view — took us over his camp to see the situation of things.
The strength of the position has been greatly over-estimated.
After crossing Rockcastle River, the road ascends gradually, for about two miles, a wooded ridge, with steep sides, looking, on the west, toward the slightly-diverging river, and on the east, into a valley, broken by frequent spurs from the hills, heavily timbered for the most part with oak and pine.
The highway then deflected from the river to the left, creeping around a frowning limestone cliff which sweeps, around in almost a semicircle, its face to the road, its back high and thick with evergreens, leaning on the