of himself was owing to the fact that he had ridden his troops very rapidly; they were worn out, and the pickets on the east side of the town fell asleep.
, who was posted near Bull
's gap, did not know of the presence of Morgan
in that part of the country until six P. M., September 3d.
It is said that a woman brought him the news, and many pictures have been painted of her rapid horseback ride from Greenville
to the gap; but upon a recent visit to Greenville
, those having personal knowledge of the matter denied that there was “a woman in it.”
But, however this may be, when the news came, Colonel Miller
and General Gilliam
held a short consultation, and the command was ordered to be in readiness to move.
At eleven o'clock that night, in the midst of a terrible thunder-storm, which fairly drenched the soldiers, the Thirteenth Tennessee moved out toward Greenville
, by way of the Arnett
At midnight they were followed by the rest of the command, making a total of about two thousand men, fifteen hundred of whom were Tennesseeans.
The storm increased, the rain fell in torrents, the heavens fairly shook with rolling thunder, while there was no light other than the flashes of lightning.
But the dark column of horsemen moved steadily on, and John Morgan
slept his last sleep on earth.
In so stormy and tempestuous a night he may have felt secure from intrusion, be the enemy ever so vigilant.
Just before the first streak of dawn the advance swung around in rear of Morgan
's command, captured the pickets who were asleep, and virtually got between Morgan
and his soldiers.
Sharp fighting ensued and great confusion.
At the opportune moment Colonel Ingerton
, commanding the Thirteenth Regiment, sent Companies I and G on a bold dash into town, in hopes of getting the great cavalry chieftain.
It was not yet fairly daylight, and the Federals
had all the advantage.
These companies surrounded the Williams house
, some of Company G occupying the street which leads from the depot to Main street. The first intimation Morgan
had was from a servant, who rushed to his room, saying, “the Yankees
did not believe it, and prepared to go to sleep again.
Again the news came, and with it was the accompaniment of musketry firing, which gave forth no uncertain sound.
Looking out he was horrified to see the enemy around the house, and without waiting to fully dress he and Major Gassett
, of his staff, rushed out into the garden, or back yard.
Escape seeming to be cut off in that direction they ran into the cellar, where they remained a few moments.
Feeling that death or capture awaited them there, and observing from the enemy's movements that their whereabouts was known, they ran out into the