The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 69
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Reminiscences of the Terry Rangers
on this raid and while I lost it soon after the raid was over I re-
member some of the entries made. One was that from the day
we entered Kentucky until the clay we passed out of the state, thir-
ty-eight days, our regiment in part or as a whole had been under
the fire of the enemy's guns forty-two times, including Perryville
Battle as one of the times. Fighting and skirmishing occurred
every day and some days more than once.13 Except at Perryville
our losses were generally light, but coming so frequently they
amounted to many in the aggregate.
Before I leave Perryville in my narrative I shall relate incidents
on that field not to be easily forgotten. My bedfellow during the
trip was D. A. McGenagil. At Perryville, a piece of shell bursting
in our line of battle struck him in the side, breaking two of his
ribs. He was sent off to the hospital for repairs so I was without
a bedfellow that night, and as the nights were frosty I looked out
for some other person to get the benefit of his blanket for a cov-
ering while mine should be spread on the ground for the pallet.
We only had one blanket each, hence the necessity of having a
partner. The battle had continued to rage until eight o'clock at
night or thereabouts, the Confederates driving back their antago-
nists steadily until the firing ceased. Our regiment was required
to go on picket along the space where the last fighting was done.
It was in a corn field near a little branch. The Federals had
withdrawn but a short distance without noise, and without fires
had retired after putting out their pickets on the side next to us.
We were instructed to go to the place to be picketed with great
caution and keep silent. We found the place we stopped on and
had to stay that night on ground covered with flint rocks from the
size of a man's fist to the size of his head and many dead of both
armies lying around. The wounded had been removed, or most of
them. I looked around or searched around among my company; we
only had a poor star light, as it was mostly cloudy. I found Sam
Woodward of my company with a good blanket and no bedfellow for
the night, and we soon arranged to bunk together. I said, "Sam,
you look for a place as smooth as you can find, as clear of the flint
rock as possible, and let me know and we will fix for bed." In
"The report of Gen. Jos. Wheeler of the cavalry operations in Ken-
tucky is found in Official Records, <Series I, Vol. XVI, part 1, pp. 893-900.
Wharton's report is not found.-C. W. R.
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