troops to the upper fords.
It was important, therefore, to deceive General Burnside
in regard to the point where he would cross this railroad.
Accordingly, so soon as he reached Harrison
, on the Indiana
line, and twenty-five miles from Cincinnati
, he dispatched a strong detachment in the direction of Hamilton
, and bivouacked the entire command on the road leading to that place, as if he meant to pursue it. But, that afternoon, when he thought time enough had elapsed for the news of this demonstration to have reached Burnside
, he pressed directly for Cincinnati
In a few hours the detachment which had maneuvred toward Hamilton
rejoined him by a flank march across the country.
As he had expected, General Burnside
, believing Hamilton
to be his objective point, sent there the greater part of the troops posted at Cincinnati
and in the vicinity.
Hoping, although, of course, not knowing, that this could be done, and that Cincinnati
would be left with a garrison no stronger than the absolute defense of the place might require, Morgan
marched with unusual celerity, and penetrated into the suburbs of the city.
This threat had the anticipated effect.
The troops remaining there, about twenty-five hundred or three thousand in number — were withdrawn from the outskirts to the interior of the city, under the impression that it was about to be attacked, but uncertain where the blow would be delivered.
Our advance videttes were instructed to cut the telegraph wires, so that no troops could be recalled, and also to chase in the pickets on every road; and thus feigning assault, while really bent on escape, the column cautiously wound its way through the populous environs of the big town.
So long as I live I shall never forget that night march around Cincinnati
We had now been almost constantly in motion for eleven days and nights, and gone nearly four hundred miles. It had been a period of almost total deprivation of rest and sleep; for, when not marching, we had been fighting, or hard at work.
The column was incumbered with the men wounded in Indiana
; and those still in the saddle, reduced in number to less than two thousand, were worn with the enormous fatigue consequent upon such exertions, of which no one, who has not had a similar experience, can form the slightest conception.
The Second Brigade had comparatively little trouble, for it was in front, and General Morgan
rode at its head with the guides.
But the First Brigade was embarrassed beyond measure.
If the regiment in the rear of the advance brigade had been kept “closed up,” and held compactly together, the entire column would have been directed by the guides.
But, although composed of the very best fighting material, this regiment