had become weary and sleepy.
While the column was making the night march from Springfield to Bardstown, the brilliant Colonel Alston, Chief of Staff, sought nature's sweet restorer on the veranda of a roadside residence, and awoke to find himself in the hands of the pursuing Federal cavalry.
From Bardstown the Confederates marched rapidly to Brandenburg, on the Ohio River, forty miles below Louisville.
Crossing the River.
When the column reached Brandenburg, early in the morning of July 8, General Morgan was delighted to find two good steamboats lying at the wharf, the transports having been secured by two of his most adventuresome captains, Sam Taylor and Clay Meriwether, who had been sent in advance for that purpose.
Impatient of delay, Morgan made immediate preparations to cross the river.
A dense fog prevented his seeing what was on the other side, but he knew that a strong force of determined Federal cavalry was close upon his rear.
A shot from a rifled cannon and a