p from Tennessee with a strong column, to form a junction with Buckner, to penetrate the Blue Grass country.
Such were the facts and statements prior to the hour of marching.
The subsequent facts will appear in the following diary:
London, Ky., Wednesday, November 13.
Long before eight o'clock P. M., most of the troops of the Wildcat Brigade, with three days rations in their haversacks, were prepared to march.
The sick who could be removed — and there were many too feeble to walk, yd; one wagon was lost and twenty-six thousand pounds of ammunition; about the same report is made by the Fourteenth Ohio; so with each of the regiments.
But the moral effect of the countermarch is one of its worst features.
The mountaineers of Kentucky regard it a retreat, and the prestige of the victory at Wildcat is turned against us. And so ended the great Cumberland Gap Expedition.
But I beg you to wait, readers, for an echo from the Wildcat Brigade.
If I mistake not, there will be a f