War of the Rebellion: Serial 007 Page 0773 Chapter XVII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

Search Civil War Official Records

direct. I have no advices from Major Wynn, but suppose the steamer to arrive at Waitsborough on the 18th will be freighted with stores for us. Have sent a large train of wagons and made ample arrangements for a guard. Ten of the prisoners captured were taken on the 11th instant by an expedition I sent down to Louisville, on the north side of the river, and about 30 miles from here. Our party killed 3 others. The enemy had posted a small body of men there behind a breastwork and with a flag flying, who had annoyed our cavalry across the river at Rowena when patrolling in that direction. Louisville is 15 miles from Columbia. Our only loss was one man accidentally drowned.

The river is now low and fordable in many places. There are now known to be seven infantry regiments at Somerset. The enemy has advanced strong posts to Fishing Creek, and their scouting parties approach to within a few miles of our camp. The stage of the river and the value of our supply trains render it necessary, in my opinion, to keep two regiments on the Mill Springs side of the river. I therefore have but four and a half regiments on this bank. Had the reserve of Powell's regiment, Wood's battalion, and McClung's battery been sent on, as I ordered, I could have advanced. But I can hear nothing official from Knoxville of them. For a day or two past my information leads to the suspicion that the enemy contemplate an early attack upon this position.

Very respectfully,



HEADQUARTERS WESTERN DEPARTMENT, Bowling Green, December 18, 1861.

Major-General HARDEE,

Commanding Central Army of Kentucky:

GENERAL: General Johnston resumes the immediate military command of this army. The administration is devolved on the commanders of divisions.

Please make a return of the troops as they stand to-day.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,


Assistant Adjutant-General.

NOTE.-The formal order will be issued. You will please notify General Buckner.

HEADQUARTERS WESTERN DEPARTMENT, Bowling Green, December 18, 1861.

General POLK, Columbus:

Send to this place 5,000 of your best infantry by rail direct. If it will facilitate, send a portion by Nashville. Telegraph to Nashville and Memphis for transportation. Answer.


COLUMBUS, KY., December --, 1861.


I have barely 12,000 men at this post. I have been working day and night to put it in a condition to enable me to hold it against the heavy