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The publication will present the records in the following order of arrangement:

The 1st Series will embrace the formal reports, both Union and Con. federate, of the first seizures of United States property in the Southern States, and of all military operations in the field, with the correspondence, orders, and returns relating specially thereto, and, as proposed, is to be accompanied by an Atlas.

In this series the reports will be arranged according to the campaigns and several theaters of operations (in the chronological order of the events), and the Union reports of any event will, as a rule, be immediately followed by the Confederate accounts. The correspondence, &c., not embraced in the reports" proper will follow (first Union and next Confederate) in chronological order.

The 2d Series will contain the correspondence, orders, reports, and returns, Union and Confederate, relating to prisoners of war, and (so far as the military authorities were concerned) to State or political prisoners.

The 3d Series will contain the correspondence, orders, reports, and returns of the Union authorities (embracing their correspondence with the Confederate officials) not relating specially to the subjects of the first and second series. It will set forth the annual and special reports of the Secretary of War, of the General-in-Chief, and of the chiefs of the several staff corps and departments; the calls for troops, and the correspondence between the National and the several State authorities.

The 4th Series will exhibit the correspondence, orders, reports, and returns of the Confederate authorities, similar to that indicated for the Union officials, as of the third series, but excluding the correspondence between the Union and confederate authorities given in that series.


Major, Third Art., and But. Lieut. Col. WAR DEPARTMENT, August 23, 1880.

Approved :


Secretary of War.



ginia. November 19, 1861-March 4, 1862 ..





November 19, 1861-March 4, 1862.


Nov. 20, 1861.Skirmish at Brownsville, Ky. 21, 1861.

Ten thousand volunteers called out in Mississippi for the defense of

Columbus, Ky., &c.
Brig. Gen. Lloyd Tilghman, C. S. Army, assigned to command of

Forts Henry and Donelson, Tenn. 24-Dec. 5, 1861.–Forrest’s Expedition to Caseyville, Eddyville, &c., Ky. Dec. 1, 1861.-Skirmish at Whippoorwill Creek, Ky.

Gunboat demonstration on Fort Holt, Ky.
1- 2, 1861.–Skirmishes near Camp Goggin, Ky.
1-13, 1861.-Operations about Mill Springs and Somerset, Ky.
4- 7, 1861.—Expedition to and destruction of Bacon Creek Bridge, Ky.
5, 1861.-Maj. Gen. William J. Hardee, C. S. Army, assumes command of

the Central Army of Kentucky.
5- 8, 1861.-Scout in vicinity of Russellville, Ky.

8, 1861.–Skirmish at Fishing Creek, near Somerset, Ky.
12, 1861.-Skirmish at Gradyville, Ky.
17, 1861.-Action at Rowlett's Station (Woodsonville), Green River, Ky.
18, 1861.–Reconnaissance from Somerset to Mill Springs, Ky.
23, 1861-Jan. 30, 1862.-Garfield's and Marshall's operations in Eastern Ken-

25, 1861.–Skirmish at Grider's Ferry, Cumberland River, Ky.

28, 1861.--Action at Sacramento, Ky.

28-31, 1861.- Expedition to Camp Beauregard and Viola, Ky. Jau. 7, 1862.–Skirmish at Jennie's Creek, Ky.

8, 1862.–Skirmish at Fishing Creek, Ky. 10, 1862.

Engagement at Middle Creek, near Prestonburg, Ky. 10–21, 1862.-Expedition into Kentucky from Cairo, Ill.


14, 1862.-Gunboat reconnaissance to Columbus, Ky.
15–25, 1862.-Reconnaissance from Paducah, Ky., to Fort Henry, Tenu.
19, 1862.—Engagement at Logan's Cross-Roads, on Fishing Creek, near Mill

Springs, Ky.
17–22, 1862.-Gunboat demonstrations on Fort Henry, Tenn.
24-30, 1862.-Expedition to the Little Sandy and Piketon, Ky.

* Of some of the minor conflicts noted in this “Summary no circumstantial reports are on file, the only record of such events being references to them on muster rolls and returns.


Jan. 28-Feb. 2, 1862.-Operations near Greensburg and Lebanon, Ky.
Feb. 2, 1862.–Skirmish in Morgan County, Tenn.

4, 1862.-Gunboat reconnaissance to Fort Henry, Tenn.

6, 1862.-Capture of Fort Henry, Tenn. 6-10, 1862.-Expedition to Florence, Ala. 7, 1862.-Brig. Gen. Bushrod R. Johnson, C. S. Army, assumes command

at Fort Donelson, Tenn. 9, 1862.—Brig. Gen. Gideon J. Pillow, C. S. Army, assumes command at

Fort Donelson, Tenn. 12–16, 1862.-Siege of Fort Donelson, Tenn. 13, 1862.—Brig. Gen. John B. Floyd, C. S. Army, assumes command at Fort

Donelson, Tenn.

Skirmish near Fort Heiman, Ky.
14, 1862.—Brig. Gen. U. S. Grant, U. S. Army, assigned to command of tho

District of West Tennessee.
Brig. Gen. William T. Sherman, U. S. Army, assigned to command

of the District of Cairo.

Skirmish near Cumberland Gap, Tenn.
14–15, 1862.-Bowling Green, Ky., evacuated by the Confederates and occupied

by the Union forces.
15-22, 1862.-Expedition from Cairo, nl., to Eastport, Miss.

19, 1862.-Clarksville, Tenn., occupied by Union forces.
23, 1862.-General A. Sidney Johnston, C. S. Army, assumes immediate com-

mand of the Central Army.
23–25, 1862.-Nashville, Tenn., evacuated by the Confederates and occupied by

the Union forces. 862.-Maj. Gen. E. Kirby Smith, C. S. Army, assigned to command in

East Tennessee. 26, 1862.-Scout to Nashville, Tenn. March 1, 1862.

Engagement at Pittsburg, Tenn. 2-3, 1862.-Columbus, Ky., evacuated by the Confederates and occupied by

the Union forces. 4, 1862.-Maj. Gen. Braxton Bragg, C. S. Army, announces his resumption

of the command of Department of Alabama and West Florida. *

NOVEMBER 20, 1861.--Skirmish at Brownsville, Ky.

Report of Brig. Gen. T. 0. Hindman, C. S. Army.

Oakland, Ky., November 21, 1861. SIR: As required by dispatch of last night from division headquarters, I submit a detailed report of my expedition to Brownsville on yesterday :

In a dispatch of recent date I informed you of the skirmish between a detachment of Major Phifer's cavalry battalion, under Captain Chrisman, and a party of Yankees, at Brownsville, and stated my wish to conduct an expedition in that direction. No official response reached me on the subject, and the intention was consequently abandoned. But on yesterday morning Lieutenant-Colonel Marmaduke, First Arkansas Battalion, reported that Lieutenant Murphy, of his command, with six men of Major Phifer's battalion, who had been sent out two days previously by my order to procure spirits for hospital use, had not

* It does not appear, however, that effect was ever given to his order resuming command.


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