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our shotguns loaded with buckshot we killed, wounded, and scat-
tered that command in short order. Our casualties were compara-
tively few in numbers, but fearful in results, as we lost our Colonel,
shot through the jaw, the bullet ranging up through the brain.
He and his horse and three of the enemy fell in a beap. He had
shot two and a ranger near him, I think, shot the third one.
This was the 32nd Indiana Regiment of Infantry we fought,
commanded by Colonel Willich so we were informed by the pris-
oners we captured. This was our first battle and the first engage-
ment of the army of Tennessee. We had ridden into an ambuscade
and if the enemy had lowered their fire sufficiently in that first
volley, there is no good reason why we would not all have been
killed or wounded. One lesson we learned from that experience
that served us well in future operations. That was to have flankers
out on each side of a moving column as well as a vanguard when-
ever we might suspect an enemy, so as to avoid ambuscades.
In the engagement at Woodsonville Captain Walker of Company
K was wounded by a bayonet passing through his lower arm and
slightly wounding him in the chest. What the losses were on each
side, I cannot now recall.5
When Colonel Terry was killed, Lieutenant Colonel Lubbock
was dangerously sick and died in a short time afterwards, so under
our "bill of rights" as we believed, we held another election for
Colonel and Lieutenant Colonel and to fill some vacancies in line
officers where they had resigned and gone home. At this election
we' chose Captain Wharton of Company B for Colonel, Captain
Walker of Company K for Lieutenant Colonel and in Company F,
B. E. Joiner Third Lieutenant instead of Wm. Tate, resigned. We
continued our scouting, picketing, and patrolling in that section of
Kentucky through that severe winter 1861 until February, 1862.
In the meantime we received boxes of heavy clothing from our home
folks in Texas which was badly needed and duly apppreciated, for
ours was thread-bare and too light for the cold weather.
Some time in January, I think, Confederate General Zolicoffer
was killed at Fishing Creek and his army defeated, and in February,
Fort Donelson on Cumberland River, after two days fighting sur-
"Colonel Willic'h reported the loss of 11 officers, and men killed, 22
wounded, 5 missing; Brigadier General Hindman, commanding the Con-
federates, reported 4 killed and 10 wounded. See Official Records, Series
I, Vol. VII, pp. 16-20.-C. W. R.
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