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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The monument at Munfordsville. (search)
ptember 12, 1862, General Bragg ordered forward the same night Chalmers's brigade of Mississippians to the railroad at Cave City, and Duncan's Louisiana brigade to the junction next south, with instructions to intercept and cut Buell's communications by rail with Louisville. General Chalmers surprised and captured the telegraph operator and depot of supplies at Cave City, but, because information as to our movements had been, in some manner, communicated to the Federals, he did not succeed i orders from his superiors, as was currently believed, leaving parts of the Seventh and Twenty-ninth regiments to guard Cave City, advanced with the rest of his brigade, numbering 1,200 or 1,300 strong, to Horse Cave, on the road to Munfordsville, a our men in rear, I found that the dead were being hastily buried, and the living were preparing for a speedy return to Cave City. Two days later General Bragg moved up with the greater part of his army and surrounded these troops, then reinforce