several hundred yards of the abattis on horseback, as to dismount and lay siege would take too much time.
After a few foolhardy attempts, and the loss of thirty or more men killed, the Confederates
to celebrate the balance of the 4th of July in more peaceful style.
It may be humiliating to Morgan
's chief officers to admit that a paltry squad repulsed repeatedly, with heavy loss, their crack brigade; but history is not a record of the historian's feelings, nor is it such incidents as glory a party, or faction, or people.
It is a cold-blooded truth, and the whole truth, or of no value.
With the exceptions here noted, General Duke
's account of the raid is a very correct one.
He is particularly felicitous in pointing out the success of Morgan
's strategy at and previous to his crossing the Cumberland
Had he been in our camps, and an habitue of our headquarters, he could not have more effectually set forth the completeness of the deception of our generals as to the movements and intentions of their enemy.
And this capacity to deal in facts, and this ability to correctly conjecture what passes in the mind of an enemy with only his minor acts for a basis, makes blundering inexcusable in matters which are either of record or easily verified as to all their details by living witnesses.
Colonel R. A. Alston
, chief of Morgan
's staff, was captured on the evening of the 5th of July, on the road from Lebanon
, together with an escort of twenty men, by Lieutenant Ladd
, of the Ninth Michigan Cavalry, and seven men. Alston
and his escort were riding some distance in Morgan
, who was scouting, came upon them just after dark.
He concealed himself in the bushes at the roadside, and, by various devices, completely fooled the Confederates
as to the size of his force until he had them disarmed.
, who was a brave officer, was terribly chagrined, but, on his word of honor, he took his men to Lexington
, the nearest military post, and surrendered the next day.
Major Dan McCook
, a gentleman probably sixty-five years old, but hale and much younger in appearance, accompanied General Judah
as a “volunteer aid.”
was the father of the celebrated family of generals and colonels, the two most noted of whom were Major General A. McDowell McCook
and Brigadier General Robert L. McCook
Robert was killed in the fall of 1862, in Southern Tennessee
, while riding ahead of his command in an ambulance.
He was quite ill at the time, had turned the active direction of the march over to the senior colonel
, and was riding in advance to keep out of the dust and noise of the column.
Under these circumstances his ambulance was attacked by a scouting