The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 34, In Four Parts. Part 1, Reports. Page: 823
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THIE CAMDEN EXPEDITION.
In this day's fight, among the foremost in the pursuit fell mortally
wounded Second Lieutenant Trigg, of my escort, who was sent by
me to General Shelby with dispatches, and having accomplished
that duty, the fight coming on, joined the advance, and there fought
with a valor worthy the emulation of the bravest. Captain Thorp,
of Elliott's battalion (the advance), charged with his men through
a Federal regiment of infantry, scattering them to the four winds.
He received a severe, though not mortal, wound in that charge.
Placing a sufficient force at Elkin's Ferry to hold any farther
advance in check until it could be re-enforced, my wearied troops
(Cabell's and Greene's) were encamped so as to be enabled to reach
in time any one of the fords liable yet to be crossed at by the main
April 3 was spent by the enemy in closing uI) to the river with his
main force. His point of crossing was not yet ascertained, and Bur-
bridge's regiment, of Greene's brigade, under Lieutenant-Colonel
Preston, was thrown forward to make a forced reconnaissance at
Elkin's Ferry. Late in the day, after having driven in the advanced
posts on the south side of the river with sharp skirmishing, the
enemy were discovered in heavy masses; yet during that day his
main body still remained on the north bank. His slow, changeful
marches, his seeming indecision, were inexplicable until Shelby's
cannon were heard in his rear. On the morning of the 3(1, he had
again attacked; had scattered their rear guard, when, finding that
they were being heavily re-enforced and closing their flanks around
his comparatively small force, he withdrew in good order. General
Shelby fought his brigade entirely mounted, and time and again the
irresistible charge of his line thoroughly demoralized and completely
routed the long and serried lines of the enemy's infantry, causing
them great loss in killed, wounded, and prisoners, while Collins' bat-
tery did most effective service and almost exceeded its usual superla-
tive excellence in the accuracy of the fire and the devoted bravery
of the company. On the 4th (as afterward appeared), Steele com-
menced crossing his main army. Having concentrated Greene and
Cabell in front of the ferry, and posted the main portion of Cabell's
brigade as a reserve on a naturally strong position at the edge of the
bottom, with Greene's brigade, Colonel Greene commanding; one
piece of Blocher's battery, under Lieutenant Zimmerman; Monroe's
regiment, Col. J. C. Monroe commanding, and a section of Hughey's
battery, under Lieutenant Miller, of Cabell's brigade, 1,200 in all,
I advanced and attacked the enemy with the objects in view of finally
determining whether he would cross his whole force here, of reliev-
ing Shelby (whom I knew to be nearly out of ammunition), and to
impede their crossing. The troops were rapidly formed, and the
attack vigorously and quickly made, which resulted in our driving
them2 miles before they could mass their forces against me, and
then withdrew in perfect order, with a loss of 29 killed, wounded,
and missing, including Lieutenant Fackler, of my staff, captured.
From their own official reports, captured afterward, I fought a
greatly superior force and killed and wounded a considerable
I cannot pay too high a tribute to the alacrity, the steadiness, and
persistent bravery of Greene's brigade and Monroe's regiment, nor
compliment Lieutenants Zimmerman and Miller's artillery com-
mands higher than in the enemy's own language, who complained
that our artillerists must have measured the ground before the bat-
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United States. War Department. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 34, In Four Parts. Part 1, Reports., book, 1892; Washington D.C.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146033/m1/852/?q=zimmerman: accessed November 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.