Kentucky Cavaliers in Dixie: The Reminiscences of a Confederate Cavalryman

By Geo. Dallas Mosgrove | Go to book overview

CHAPTER XXXI.
GENERAL MORGAN'S MARCH TO GREENVILLE, TENN.

"Loud neigh the coursers
O'er their heaps of corn,
And ardent warriors
Wait the rising morn."

DURING the months of July and August, subsequent to the Kentucky campaign, General Morgan chafed at restraint and was restless under inforced inactivity. It required time to reorganize his command and for his troopers to recuperate from the effects of the successes and disasters that had characterized the fighting on the "dark and bloody ground." However, during the latter days of August there was activity in Morgan's camp. Glistening guns, burnished sabers, gay plumes and pennons fair indicated that the restless chieftain was ready to march against the enemy. No one seemed to know whither we were going; but all knew there would soon be "music in the air," and we impatiently awaited the sounding of the bugle horn. We had not long to wait until the general

"Bade his band they should array
For march against the dawning day."

From Virginia we marched into Tennessee and arrived at Greenville late in the afternoon of September 3, 1864.

It was known that a force of Federals commanded by General Gillem was at Bulls Gap, probably eighteen miles west of Greenville.

Four roads led from Greenville toward Gillem's position-- the Bulls Gap Road running almost due west, the Rogersville Road northwest, and the Warrensburg and Newport Roads southwest, the latter two forming a junction about one mile from Greenville.

Giltner's brigade, Captain J. E. Cantrill's detachment and Captain Pete Everett, commanding, I think, a portion of General Geo. B. Hodge's brigade, were on the Rogersville Road,

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