The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 68
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them awake. They would generally respond by "All right" or some
sign as I waked them, but as soon as I passed they would fall
asleep again so my march around that column continued on and on.
Just before daylight, I received order from Colonel Forrest
to park my charge in a grass lot, put out videttes and let them
rest an hour or so. So I readily obeyed instructions. By the time
that I had placed the guards, the prisoners had all fallen on the
ground and were asleep. My guards also fell asleep and I after
strenuous efforts to keep up and look after the business in my
hands, fell asleep also, my horse remaining by me. When day-
light came I was the first to stir. I awaked the guards and then
the prisoners, adopted the same formation I had before. We were
soon on the march again with still about fifteen miles to travel.
We reached Forrest's headquarters about nine o'clock, turned
over the prisoners to him, and asked him for the camp of the regi
ment. I dismissed the guard, went to camp, and found our cap-
tain and a few men with him. I dismounted, leaving my horse
with the saddle and personal baggage on him for some one else to
look after and fell down on the bare ground and slept until after
sundown that evening without having had water or anything to
eat for about twenty-four hours. The last I had was from the
sutler's store the evening before. When I got up I found my horse
dead only a few steps from where I left him. He had died from
exhaustion. The two days and two nights constant going on the
light feed he got were too much for him and he perished in the
service of his country, so to speak.
I can think of nothing of much interest occurring to any portion
of our regiment until General Bragg with the army of Tennessee
made a raid into Kentucky in September, 1862, I think. The
cavalry of course was to be the vanguard on this trip in order to
clear up the way, and keep the commanding general posted as to
what was before him on his line of march.
Our first engagement was with McCook's corps near the Ken-
tucky-Tennessee line when our regiment was ordered to feel of
the enemy in that section to ascertain its strength and size of force.
This resulted in several casualties to our men and in finding it
was McCook's corps marching north to be ready for General Bragg
when he should get there. S. G. Clark of our company was one
of the killed here. I kept a diary of the trip through Kentucky
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