Kentucky Cavaliers in Dixie: The Reminiscences of a Confederate Cavalryman

By Geo. Dallas Mosgrove | Go to book overview

CHAPTER XI.
EAST TENNESSEE CAMPAIGN (Continued)--BATTLE OF HENDERSON'S MILL.

And still three cheers for the boys in gray!
For, whether they lived or whether they died,
The South by their valor is glorified."

FROM Blue Springs we moved slowly and quietly on to Greenville, where we found General Williams, who appeared somewhat displeased at the movement; but he knew Giltner, and when that imperturbably cool officer boldly told him why he had withdrawn the troops from Blue Springs, the general seemingly became reconciled to the situation. He ordered us to continue the retrograde movement until we should reach Henderson's Mill, several miles east of Greenville, and there to go into camp. Alas! we were to march all night and fight another battle at daylight, before reaching that camp. Without knowing it, we were still in a trap. Before General Williams had finished telegraphing from Greenville the wires had been cut -- a suspicious circumstance. It apparently had not occurred to any one that while we were fighting at Blue Springs a large force of the enemy had taken another road and gone to our rear. The Yankee is an inventive genius and knows how to invent and manufacture traps and many other things; but some of his traps are defective and do not always hold the animal that unwittingly walks into them, and this trap did not prove strong enough to hold Old Cerro Gordo and his weary, but dauntless, cavaliers.

We moved toward Henderson's in the following order: GeneralJackson, with about five hundred infantry, having come up and joined the division, now marched in advance; Carter followed Jackson, and Giltner's brigade protected the rear. Thus we marched all night, momentarily expecting Burnside's cavalry to dash into Giltner's column.

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