etter from the adjutant-general of the army, which fully explains the secret plans of the Federal administration to gain possession of Kentucky:
Adjutant-General's Office, Washington, D. C., July 1, 1861. Lieut. Wm. Nelson, U. S. N., Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sir:—Your services having been placed at the disposal of the war department for the performance of a special duty, the secretary of war directs me to communicate to you the following instructions: It being the fixed purpose of the generaice by this department.
You will designate the regimental and company officers, having due respect for the preferences of the regiments and companies, and send their names to this office for commissions.
The ordnance bureau will forward to Cincinnati, Ohio, 10,000 stand of arms and accouterments, six pieces of field artillery, two smooth and two rifle bore cannon and two mountain howitzers and ample supplies of ammunition to be carried thence through Kentucky into East Tennessee, in such manne