The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 63
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Reminiscences of the Terry Rangers 63
anyway. As they searched the mountain section for horses they
heard that there was to be a dance given to the Yankee officers
near where was one of their encampments, so they concluded to
attend that dance, and mount themselves while the Yankees
danced. But after reaching the place they concluded to go in the
house, get the riders and take them and their horses both back
with them, so they entered the room during the dancing with pis-
tols in hands and demanded surrender of all the men who were in
the room, all armed with pistols belted around them. For a time
all seemed to go as they wished until some one cried out, "There
are only two of these rebels." Then ensued a scuffle for their pis-
tols already in I(aylor's hands and Kaylor began to shoot and sev-
eral fell from his unerring aim, until some one regained his pistol,
shot him and he fell dead among several he had already slain.
His companion escaped and lived to tell of his taking off as here
But to return to the main story, the Battle of Shiloh was finished.
The losses were enormous as already related. Of the sixty-five men
and two officers that answered roll call on the morning of the 6th
of April of Company F, only fourteen men and the captain an-
swered roll call on the morning of the 8th of April and I was act-
ing orderly sergeant. Now this should not be construed to mean
that the other fifty men had been killed or wounded, but it does
mean that those not killed or wounded were absent from roll call,
most of them off on some kind of duty, such as picketing, scouting,
helping the retreating army in whatever way duty assigned them.
The Confederate army collected at Corinth, and the Federal
army at Pittsburg Landing, each army where it had encamped
before the battle, and each one to plan its future operations was
left unmolested for a time. Our regiment was ordered back to
Tennessee going through lower middle Tennessee on to Chatta-
nooga. We camped one or two nights at Rienzi, Mississippi, on
our way. Awaiting final instructions as to our future movements,
news came to us that General Price had reached Corinth with his
army of Missourians and Texans. As I had a brother with this
command in Whitfield's Legion of Texans I decided to make him
a visit before we left Mississippi. It was about twenty miles I
think back to Corinth, so getting some papers fixed up by my com-
rades as a pass to keep me from being arrested as a deserter, I
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