6. Confederate raids in the West: Morgan's Christmas raid, 1862-63 John Allan Wyeth, M. D., Ll.D., Late of Quirk's Scouts, Confederate States Army
The prize of the Confederate raider: a Federal commissary Camp on the Tennessee
Camp in the Tennessee mountains, 1863: a pleasant interlude for the western cavalryman.
The soldiers leaning on their sabers by the mountain path would have smiled in grim amusement at the suggestion that a life like theirs in the merry greenwood must be as care-free, picturesque, and delightful as the career of Robin Hood, according to old English ballads.
These raiders of 1863 could have drawn sharp contrasts between the beauty of the scene in this photograph — the bright sunshine dappling the trees, the mountain wind murmuring through the leaves, the horse with his box of fodder, the troopers at ease in the shade — and the hardships that became every-day matters with the cavalry commands whose paths led them up and down the arduous western