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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.4 (search)
, having eight horses to each piece, but even then over the rough mountain roads with little or no rest and no food except what little scattered fodder the Yankee horses had left in their haste, our horses showed great distress. I had just dismounted and put my horse in the place of one that had gotten very lame in the battery and was leading him rather than to ride, when General Forrest came by and said: Jones, when we catch them Yankees, you shall have the best horse they have got. At Blountsville the raiders stopped and fed, and issued out their ammunition and rations to their men, then corralled their wagons and set them on fire, our men were gathering up the scattered crumbs of crackers. I remember that early one morning, after the usual delay at a stream, we got the usual order by a courier, Gen. Forrest says bring up the battery. There was hard firing in front, and spurring and whipping up the poor old jaded horses, we passed through a wooded section. I was riding in adva