The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 53
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Reminiscences of the Terry Rangers
lines were looking for him, coming upon this second lot of pris-
oners, recaptured them and slew three of his men after they had
surrendered, one of them making his escape. He further told us
that he and his companion had visited a picket post and he, pre-
tending to be officer of the day whose duty required him to look af-
ter the guards and pickets of the army, had called to the commander
of the post to come out of a house in which he was quartered and
as he approached him Morgan placed a pistol to his breast and told
him he was his prisoner and for him to make no sign or outcry
to his fellows in the house on penalty of death, but to call them
out by name, one by one, until all were captured without realizing
what had happened. Then his companion was sent out to the
picket post a short distance away and brought in the two videttes
who were on vidette post, and being late in the evening, the enemy
scouting on all sides looking for them, they hid themselves, sat
up all night guarding their prisoners and very early in the morning
had traveled on until they reached us and now without further
delay everything was made ready for the further march into Mur-
freesboro, that about one mile distant.
We marched up the street in front of Colonel Ready's house,
lined up prisoners, horses and spoils and guards across the street
while Captain Morgan went in the house and invited his sweetheart
and the balance of the family at home to come out on the veranda
and see the fruit of his exploit. Flewellen and I were then re-
lieved with thanks and we returned to our company, leaving the
prisoners and spoils in the hands of Morgan and his three men
he still had with him. Next day one of Morgan's men hunted me
up and told me Captain Morgan wanted to see me at his office, so
I went with him to the office. The captain greeted me most cor-
dially and said he wanted to thank me over again for the valuable
service I had rendered during the scout the day or two before. I
told him I did the best I could with the matter I had in hand and
did not deserve any special thanks more than others with me.
But he seemed to look at the matter differently and said he wished
to give me something to be kept as a souvenir of that hazardous
venture. He then told me to select a sabre, the best of the cap-
tured lot he had and take it with me as a keepsake of the occasion.
I did so and took the newest and brightest in the lot and went
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919, periodical, 1919; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117156/m1/61/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.