The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 66
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we started. Our loss was estimated at 180 killed and wounded.
Company F's loss was one killed and five wounded. The enemy's
loss was 20 killed whom we shot in the head through those port-
holes. James Petty of my company was killed within ten feet of
the door of that stockade. These details of the enemy's dead and
the place where Petty fell we have learned from our surgeon who
was left to care for the wounded at that place.
Our next move was to capture about 2000 soldiers commanded
by General Crittenden at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. We started
from the neighborhood of McMinnville, Tennessee, one evening in
the summer-I don't remember the date12-rode until about eight
o'clock, stopped, watered and fed our horses, mounted again and
rode until nearly daylight to reach our destination. Before we
reached the town we captured the videttes on the pike upon which
we were moving; also captured General Crittenden in his bed at his
headquarters, a nice dwelling in the town, and learned from the
citizens that the enemy had an encampment of eight hundred or
one thousand infantry soldiers in the suburbs of the town, about
the same number and artillery out on Stone River a mile away,
and a strong guard over about 150 political or citizen prisoners at
the court house.
Colonel Forrest divided his command into three divisions, send-
ing one to attack the court house, one to attack the enemy
on Stone River, each division led by a few rangers, and the bal-
ance of the rangers to attack the encampment in the edge of Ten-
nessee. The first two bodies mentioned did little except to draw
the fire of the enemy and to warn them to be ready for us in later
attacks. The rangers went into the encampment with a yell and
attacked the enemy as they came out of the tents in their night
clothes and after a lively skirmish in which many of them fell, our
Colonel Wharton was wounded and ordered the regiment to with-
Afterwards Colonel Forrest collected all of our regiment behind
a block of buildings near the encampanment, sent in a flag of truce
demanding unconditional surrender of the encampment within
thirty minutes and added, "If you refuse I will charge you with
the Texas Rangers under the black flag." After a little delay
"IJuly 12, 1862. The fight was on Sunday, July 13.-C. W. R.
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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/m1/74/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.