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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 7. (ed. Frank Moore) 2 0 Browse Search
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A daring Exploit. Somerset, Ky., May 11, 1863. One of the most daring and successful exploits of this war was performed by four men on Saturday night, May first, on Rock Creek, in Wayne County. Benjamin Burke, a citizen, Hudson Burke, a discharged soldier, James Burke, of Wolford's cavalry, and another citizen, named James Davis, having received intimation of a band of twenty-eight men, under command of Captain Evans, of the famous band of rebel robbers that infest Wayne and Clinton counties, of this State, known as Champ Fergurson's men, having stopped at the house of Jonathan Burke, to spend the night, determined to attempt their capture. Four men against twenty-eight fiends, who had revelled in the blood of innocent neighbors for a year — think of it! It seemed like madness, yet the attempt was made. Coming to a sentinel, who stood watch over their thirty-one horses, Davis ordered him to surrender his gun, which the coward did, and received in return a blow from it which kn