April 11, 1862.-skirmish at Wartrace, Tenn.
Report of Ma. Gen. S. Kirby Smith, G. S. Army.
headquarters Department of East Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., April 28, 1862.General: I have the honor to report that on the 10th instant a detachment of the Eighth Tennessee Cavalry, under Lieutenant-Colonel Starnes, was sent out from Hillsborough, in this State, by order of Brigadier-General Maxey, for the purpose of scouring the country lying near the western slope of the Cumberland Mountains. This force, consisting of about 200 men, came upon a body of the enemy, 600 strong, at Wartrace, in Bedford County, and immediately attacked them in their camp. After a short engagement our men were withdrawn with a loss of 3 killed and 8 wounded. The killed are Lieutenant Wilson, Dr. Drake, and Private Austin Stanley. The names of the wounded are not given. Lieutenant-Colonel Starnes reports killing a considerable number of the enemy, but owing to the fact that they fought from their tents, their exact loss could not be ascertained. A good effect was, however, produced, as it was a surprise to the enemy, and so alarmed him as to stop for some time the running of trains on the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad. The officer commanding the expedition reports that the officers and men of his command behaved themselves with great gallantry. Respectfully, your obedient servant,