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L. P. Brockett, The camp, the battlefield, and the hospital: or, lights and shadows of the great rebellion 18 0 Browse Search
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L. P. Brockett, The camp, the battlefield, and the hospital: or, lights and shadows of the great rebellion, Keller or Killdare, one of the scouts of the Army of the Cumberland. (search)
n. It read as follows: I have succeeded in capturing Mr. Killdare. Archy Cheatham, of Nashville, says Killdare is not loyal to the Confederacy. The Federalsforces that were being sent out by General Grant. Sam. Killdare. This Archy Cheatham, who it appears had informed upon Killdare, was a government contractor, analso in the habit of meeting large numbers of secessionists, among whom was Archy Cheatham. He also was a member of a club or association which met every Saturday, to can it be? Well, I am sure that it is a man by the name of Stewart and Archy Cheatham who have done the mischief. Cheatham has been out in the country some fourCheatham has been out in the country some fourteen miles, and there he met Lieutenant-Johnston, whom he told that I was disloyal to the Confederacy, and one of your spies. The result was that I was arrested, andhad been playing off all the time. It was found that he had not only informed Cheatham of Killdare's business and position, but had himself been out in the country s
plan was to give intimation to the reserves of their advance, that they night open upon them on their left flank, and so, perhaps, arrest their advance. How Cheatham deceived the Illinois cavalry. The Cairo correspondent of the St. Louis Republican, in 1861, visited the rebel camp, at Columbus, under a flag of truce. He relates the following story, told by the rebel General Cheatham, of the manner in which he escaped capture at the battle of Belmont, Missouri: Just as the opposing armies were approaching one another, General Cheatham discovered a squadron of cavalry coming down a road near his position. Uncertain as to which force it belonged,General Cheatham discovered a squadron of cavalry coming down a road near his position. Uncertain as to which force it belonged, accompanied only by an orderly, he rode up to within a few yards of it and inquired : What cavalry is that? Illinois cavalry, sir, was the reply. Oh! Illinois cavalry. All right!-just stay where you are! The cavalry obeyed the rebel order, and unmolested by them (who supposed he was a Federal officer) the general r