to the gunboats, I know that General Judah
, on whose staff I was serving as provost marshal, could have reached Brandenburg
nearly, if not quite, as soon as Morgan
did. I am pretty clear that the Confederates
, what with the “Elk” and her consort on the river, and fifteen hundred troopers and four field-pieces on land, to oppose them, would have had a very lively time in initiating their visit to the people of Southern Indiana
And whether or not, as Duke
says, the gunboat “could have become mistress of the situation if well and boldly handled,” she and her mate, had they been supplemented by our forces of “horse marines” on land, could, with such aid, have scattered the raiders in flying fragments, if the attack had been made when the crossing was partially done, or forced a precipitate retreat by striking before the ferrying begun.
During the whole day in which Morgan
was crossing the Ohio
lay within six hours march of him to the south.
's intentions were in the premises, Morgan
succeeded, during twelve hours of intense anxiety and hard work, in placing his force on the Indiana
shore; and probably desiring to imitate, as near as he could with the appliances at hand, another celebrated invader, at midnight of the 8th the two large steamers which he used were set on fire, and, with full head of steam on, were sent down the stream.
By this lurid light, seemingly kindled to wantonly intensify the wrath and increase the exertions of his foes, the invader began his perilous march on Northern ground.
On the morning of the 9th, Judah
marched his force, with haste, back to Elizabethtown
, where men and horses were loaded on trains and carried to Louisville
There the cars were exchanged for steamboats, and our column was all at the Cincinnati wharf
on the morning of the 14th.
We were fitted out with a fleet of steamers, and, leisurely waiting until Morgan
passed the city, we started up the river, under orders to keep as near abreast of the enemy as practicable, and not to land until we were certain of reaching Buffington ford about the same time the raiders did. We steamed slowly up the Ohio
, sending boats ashore from the headquarters' steamer every few hours to get reports of scouts and citizens on the movements and whereabouts of Morgan
We landed at Portsmouth
on the evening of the 16th, and had some trouble in convincing the loyal people of that town that they ought, in consideration of liberal compensation in cash, to furnish us a sufficient train to carry our extra baggage and ammunition.
A little coaxing, emphasized in special cases by resolute-looking fellows with drawn sabres, was successful.
At nightfall I drove up in front of the shabby old