Reminiscences of the Terry Rangers
REMINISCENCES OF THEE TERRY RANGERS
J. K. P. BLACKBURN
The army remained at Shelbyville, Tennessee, for some time,
then moved on south by way of Tullahoma to Chattanooga and en-
camped there. Our individual regiment acting as scouts and
guards for the rear moved leisurely along after our army, delay-
ing the enemy's movements as far as they might attempt to follow.
After we passed Tullahoma, I don't remember seeing another
blue coat until the battle of Chickamauga, which took place in the
following September, the 19th and 20th. Our line of march was
along the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railroad until we
reached Chattanooga, and then we were allowed to move down to
Rome, Georgia, where we had a much needed rest of two weeks
which, with a few days at Woodburn, Kentucky, constituted our
entire rest up to this time.
It may be well at this time to mention the fact that while up
in Kentucky General Forrest was taken from us and returned to
Tennessee to raise a new command of cavalry. He took with him
his old regiment and from that time up to the battle of Chicka-
mauga our regiment again acted as an independent command.
After our resting spell we were ordered to rejoin the army.
Rosecrans with a large force had compelled General Bragg to re-
tire towards Chickamauga a few miles south of Chattanooga.
Here the two armies met in one of the bloodiest battles of the
Civil War, continuing two days and resulting in a complete vic-
tory for the Confederates; but the victory was won at a fearful
cost. General Forrest had by this time raised a new command
and during this battle he and his men won immortal fame by
fighting the enemy on foot and driving them, capturing their
artillery and proving to all who were disposed to doubt the effec-
tiveness of cavalry in warfare that they could vie with the infantry
in infantry service when called upon. Some one speaking of For-
rest's success at Chickamauga said he had glorified the cavalry by
showing they could win victories against great odds on foot as
well as on horseback.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117156/. Accessed May 25, 2015.