The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 52
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the neighborhood of their encampments we turned to the right
and moved through fields and woodland, sometimes, in full view
of their encampments and I thought uncomfortably near them.
But the blue coats of the squad kept down any suspicion as to our
identity and we kept our course until we were something like five
miles from the city when we approached the pike again, where a
thicket of undergrowth was near to the pike. We stood parallel to
the highway in a, line of battle for a short time, when a wagon
train from Nashville loaded with provisions and supplies for the
army drove up, guarded by a troop of cavalry, about sixteen I
think. Armed with sabres, with guns and pistols pointed at them
and a fence between us, they surrendered readily and the guard
and teams and drivers all fell into our hands without firing a gun.
As soon as the wagons could be fired and the teams and guards
could be collected for the march, Captain Morgan ordered me and
three or four others, including my fellow soldier Flewellen to take
charge of them and get out of the enemy's lines as quickly as pos-
sible and not to halt for anything until we crossed Stone River,
near Murfreesboro, where we should encamp and wait his return.
Our trip being without incident we reached our camping place
about sundown. On the eastern bank of the stream was a large
commodious dwelling with a small family in it and servants in
the kitchen or cabins and plenty of provender in the barn. We
put our prisoners in one of the large rooms and a guard over them
and a vidette on or near the river bank; had the servants to feed
all the horses at the barn and by alternating in guard and picket
duty passed a quiet night.
Next morning before sunrise the vidette reported ten or twelve
men advancing towards us from the other side of the river. We
supposed them to be Yankees, as the enemy was generally termed by
us, but as they drew nearer there were no guns in sight and we
decided with much relief that it was Captain Morgan and his men
with ten prisoners of war they had captured and kept in the woods
all night awaiting daylight so they could see their way to travel
better. Captain Morgan, when he reached us related the events
of the previous day after we had left him. H-e said they captured
about sixty prisoners and had ordered four men to take them and
follow us to Stone River and camp as he had ordered us, and that
the enemy's cavalry which had gotten wind of his presence in their
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