The Dallas Journal, Volume 41, 1995 Page: 93
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Campbellsville, I found a large force of cavalry, which proved to be Hatch's Division,
drawn up to resist us. Lieutenant Colonel Boggess was ordered promptly to dismount
his regiment, the 3d Texas, and move it to the front. Young's Battery was hurried up
from the river, placed in position, and, supported by the 6th Texas (Col. Jack Wharton
commanding), commenced shelling the enemy's lines. In the meanwhile the 9th Texas
and the legion were drawn up in column in the field to the right of the wood to be
used as circumstances might require. These dispositions completed, I watched with
interest the effect of the sheling from our battery and very soon discovered from the
movements of the enemy an intention to withdraw, whereupon, believing this to be
the proper movement, I ordered everything forward. Colonel Jones and Lieutenant
Colonel Whitfield rushed forward at a gallop and, passing through the village, fell
upon the enemy's moving squadrons with such irresistible force as to scatter them in
every direction, pursuing and capturing number of prisoners, horses, equipment,
small arms, accounterments, and four stands of colors. The enemy made no effort to
regain the field from which he had been driven, but while endeavoring to withdraw
his broken and discomfited squadrons was attacked vigorously in flank by a portion of
General Armstrong's brigade and his rout made complete. The last of his forces, in
full flight, disappeared in the direction of Lynnsville about sunset, and we saw no
more of them south of Duck River. Our loss in the fight at Campbellsville was only
five men wounded, while our captured (I found upon investigation) summed up to be
eight-four prisoners and all their horses, equipment, and small arms, four stands of
colors, and sixty-five beef cattle. Without further opposition we arrived the next day
in front of Columbia and took the position assigned us on the Chapel Hill Pike.
"November 26, We remained in front of the enemy's works, skirmishing freely and
keeping up a lively demonstration. On the morning of the 27th, being relieved by the
infantry, we were ordered over to the Shelbyville Pike and camped the following night
on Fountain Creek. Crossing Duck River the next morning at the mill, nine miles
above Columbia, we were directed thence to the right (on the Shelbyville road), and
when near the Lewisburg and Franklin Pike we again encountered the Federal
cavalry. A spirited engagement ensued, begun by the 3d Texas, which, being detached
to attack a train of wagons moving in the direction of Franklin, succeeded in reaching
the pike, but was there met by a superior force of Yankees and driven back. Seeing
this, I had Colonel Hawkins to hurry his regiment (the Legion) to the assitance of the
3d and ordered a charge, which was made in gallant style and resulted in forcing the
Yankees from the field in confusion and with the loss of several prisoners and the
colors of the 7th Ohio Cavalry. In the meanwhile Colonel Wharton, with the 6th
Texas, charged into the pike to the right of where the 3d and the legion were engaged,
capturing an entire company of the 7th Ohio Cavalry, three stands of colors, several
wagons loaded with ordnance, and a considerale number of horses with their
equipment. The 9th Texas (Colonel Jones), having been detached early in the evening
to guard the road leading to our right, with the exception of a slight skirmish with the
enemy's pickets, in which several prisoners were taken, was not otherwise engaged
during the evening. It was now after night and very dark. The enemy had
disappeared from our front in the direction of Franklin, but before establishing camps
it was thought prudent to ascertain if any force had been cut off and yet remained
between us and the river. Colonel Hawkins was therefore ordered up the pike with
his regiment to reconnoiter an had proceeded but a short distance before he was met
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Dallas Genealogical Society. The Dallas Journal, Volume 41, 1995, periodical, December 1995; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth186854/m1/99/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Genealogical Society.