was the last on the transport, riding his horse aboard on a plank pushed out for him. In his plain dress, he looked like a private.
“There's a Yankee, if you want a shot,” said Polk
to his men; but they, busy firing at the crowded boats, thought one shabby soldier too poor a mark.
was a defeat, but one of those which are successes, just as there are victories which are failures.
It accomplished its object.
did not send the troops into Missouri
, as he intended: he kept them at hand against further surprises.
Secession's frontier at this time was a slight curve from Columbus
eastward and up to Bowling Green
, then down to Cumberland Gap
It thus lapped over a little from Tennessee
Its weak point was the hole made in it by two rivers, the Tennessee
, crossing it twelve miles apart.
Two forts barred these precious highways — Henry