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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 23. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The last battle of the late war. [from the times-democrat, September 8, 1895.] (search)
rge. They would have been captured but for a thorough knowledge of the country and the fleetness of their horses. I was superintending the men under me in tearing up the flooring of the large foot bridge, to prevent the enemy from passing over with their cavalry and heavy ordnance, as Beauregard was thought to be rapidly pursuing this part of Wilson's command. Here the noble young McKnight was killed, and he was on leave of absence from Leed's Light Horse, New Orleans. My servant, Andrew Walker, received a slight flesh wound, but from his wild expression, showing so much of the white of his eyes, it was evident he thought that his time had came. Mr. W. C. Camp, proprietor of the hotel, who left the bridge for the fort to report, had both eyes shot out. So sad! Lieutenant Lee, of Tennessee, was anxious to help out, but his horse was killed, and he could not reach the fort. Young McKnight, one of our brave boys, who fell by the hand of a sharpshooter, was carried to the resi