them by deflections from the direct route which would have greatly lengthened the march, and, perhaps, enabled the cavalry force we had eluded at the Cumberland
, and now following, to overtake and attack us, we were forced to fight more than once when little inclined to do so. On the evening of the 3d, our advance guard and the Second Kentucky found a sharp skirmish with Woodford
's regiment necessary to win the right of way through Columbia
On the 4th, one of the hottest collisions I ever witnessed occurred between five or six hundred men of the Third, Fifth, and Sixth Kentucky Regiments of ours, and a Michigan regiment four or five hundred strong, at the crossing of Green river
The officer commanding this Federal detachment had selected an exceedingly strong position, and had fortified it hastily, but skilfully.
Summoned to surrender, he answered that the 4th of July was not “a good day for surrender.”
The assault was spirited and resolute, but was repulsed, and, after severe loss, we marched around the position without taking it. On the 5th, we attacked and captured Lebanon
, occupied by a Kentucky infantry regiment.
cavalry regiments advanced to relieve the garrison, but were driven off. The fighting lasted several hours, and the town was badly battered by our artillery.
On the 6th, the column passed through Bardstown
without meeting with resistance, although it was a point where we had anticipated serious opposition.
On the same evening we crossed the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, at the Lebanon Junction
, thirty miles from Louisville
, and ascertained that a large and satisfactory panic was prevailing in that city.
We had now run the gauntlet of garrisoned towns, and passed the cordon of cavalry detachments stretched through Middle
and Southern Kentucky
's cavalry, under General Hobson
, was following us, but was far in the rear.
We had reason to believe the distance between us was hourly increasing.
Our column marched the more rapidly and constantly, and uncertainty about our course would delay Hobson
Finding that we had not attacked Louisville
, and had turned to the left, he would naturally suppose that we were seeking to escape through Western Kentucky
It was improbable that he would divine Morgan
's intention to cross the Ohio
On the 8th, before mid-day, we reached Brandenburg
, and the Ohio river
rolled before our eyes.
Never before had it looked so mighty and majestic-and so hard to cross.
A small detachment, under picked officers, had been sent in advance to capture steamboats, and had successfully accomplished its mission.
We found two large boats awaiting us, and preparations to cross were instantly commenced.
At this point the Ohio
is about one thousand yards