The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 61
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Reminiscences of the Terry Rangers
or killing until they reached their reserved force. Just before they
reached this force, we quietly withdrew; every man seemed to act
upon his own judgment for I heard no, orders. But we were all
generals and colonels enough to know that when the fleeing enemy
should uncover us so their line could fire on us, we would have
been swept from the face of the earth.
Some observations might be appropriately made at this time
concerning the engagement.10 It was the last fight of the battle
of Shiloh. The enemy turned back from there and we had that
section to ourselves. Forrest and his command never fired a gun
in that battle for the reason that his military maneuvers as then
practiced did not allow his men to get there until the fight was
over. Notwithstanding this fact a Memphis paper a day or two
afterwards gave out the statement that Colonel Forrest with a few
Texans on April the 8th had charged the enemy in force and com-
pletely vanquished them. After Forrest gave the order to forward
we never saw him any more until we were brigaded over at Chat-
tanooga and put under him for service. We were told that when
we made that cyclone movement towards the enemy Colonel For-
rest turned to his men to urge them forward faster and was struck
in the back by one of the enemy's bullets fired at us as we went at
them, and had to be taken off the field."
I have been asked by some persons inexperienced as to, warfare
why the Yankees did not shoot us all off our horses when halted
so close in their front. Of course they had no loads in guns to
shoot us with and we knew it for as we approached them both lines
of battle had fired at us and they had had no time to reload.
There was only one Texan wounded in that fight, Lieutenant
Story of Company C, and there is a good reason for that; for the
enemy fired when we were crossing a low place in the ground about
fifteen yards away and most of their balls went over our heads.
One of them struck and mortally wounded Lieutenant Story and
one ball took a fur cap off my head leaving, as my comrades after-
wards told me, a small powder marked line across my left temple.
One or two more incidents of this battle and I will pass on.
'The official report by Major Harrison is in Official Records, Series I,
Vol. X, Part I, p. 923.
"For a somewhat different version, see Wyeth, J. A., Life of N. B. For-
rest, 78-81 or Jordan, Thos., Carpaigns of Forrest and Forrest's Cavalry,
146-14.-C. W. R.
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