The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 227
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Richard Montgomery Swearingen.
was put in command of the advanced guard, a detachment only six
in number. On June 12, as he was riding along with his little
party, he found the way blocked by a handful of Federals. He
opened fire on them, but immediately he observed a large body of
troops hurrying to cut him off from his battalion, then some dis-
tance further back on the road he had come. He gave the order
to retreat, and he and his men dashed off at full gallop. As they
passed they received the fire of a whole regiment which had halted
in line parallel to the road and within twenty paces, and they had
to ride six hundred yards before they reached shelter. Lieutenant
Swearingen's horse was shot and brought to his knees, but re-
gained his feet and carried his rider out of danger. In spite of
the concentrated fire, only one man of the party was struck, and
he was not killed.
During the fall of 1862, when the Confederate forces under
General Bragg advanced into Kentucky, Lieutenant Swearingen's
brigade participated in the movement, and he had his full share
of marching and fighting. A brief and general account of his ex-
periences during that campaign written by himself many years
afterward, but with such characteristic modesty as evidently to
conceal much that one would like to know, gives, when read be-
tween the lines, a vivid impression of what peril and suffering
he must have had to undergo. He did not, however, participate
in the battle of Perryville, for the reason that his brigade was en-
gaged at the time with a division on the left of Buell's main army,
and some ten or fifteen miles away.
On December 15, 1862, Lieutenant Swearingen was promoted
to the captaincy of his company. Soon afterwards he took part in
the battle of Murfreesboro. The night before the battle he was very
ill-so ill, indeed, that the officers of his company concealed from
him orders that had been received to march during the night, and the
whole body stole away in the early morning without notifying him.
When the fighting began, however, he made his way first to a hos-
pital where the wounded were receiving attention and where he
gave such help as he could, and then to the field. On the second
day of the battle he succeeded in finding his company once more.
That day, in obedience to orders from General Hardee, he led a
detail of thirty men in a perilous charge to ascertain the exact loca-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905, periodical, 1905; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101033/m1/234/: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.