12th Indiana, McMillan
, 95th Ohio, and other valuable officers, had already been.
and Maj. Conkling
, 71st Indiana, had been killed.
The rout was now total and complete; and, to make the most of it, Smith
had, hours before, sent Scott
, with his cavalry, around to our rear, with instructions to prepare for and intercept the expected fugitives.
, who had resumed command when Nelson
fell, had formed a new rear-guard, which was keeping the Rebel
pursuit within bounds; when, four miles from Richmond
, the fleeing rabble were halted by a body of Rebel horse.
, hurrying up, attempted to form a vanguard; but only 100 responded to his call, who were speedily cut up by a fire from a force of Rebels hidden in a corn-field on the left of the road, whereby Lt.-Col. Wolfe
and 41 others were killed or wounded.
The road was here choked with wounded horses and other debris
of a shattered army; it was growing dusk (7 P. M.), and the remains of our thoroughly beaten force scattered through the fields; every one attempting to save himself as he could.
, with other officers, attempting escape by flight, was fired on by a squadron of Scott
's cavalry; his horse, mortally wounded, fell on him, injuring him severely, and he was taken prisoner; as were many if not most of his compatriots in disaster.
's report says that his entire force this day “did not exceed 6,500,” of whom not over 2,500 were engaged at once — a sad commentary on his generalship — and he adds: “The enemy say they had 12,000 infantry, 4,000 cavalry, and 15 guns” --which they don't. He estimates his loss at 200 killed, 700 wounded, and 2,000 prisoners. Kirby Smith
, on the contrary, makes our force fully 10,000--his own but 5,000; and states his total loss at 400, and ours at 1,000 killed and wounded, 5,000 prisoners, 9 guns, 10,000 small arms, and large spoil of munitions and provisions.
It is quite probable that his story, though exaggerated, is nearer the truth than Manson
set forward directly1
, which he entered in triumph three days afterward, amid the frantic acclamations of the numerous Rebel sympathizers of that intensely pro-Slavery region.
He moved on through Paris
, within striking distance of either Cincinnati
, which seemed for a few days to lie at his mercy; though considerable numbers, mainly of militia and very green volunteers, had been hastily gathered for the defense of the former, and were busily employed in erecting defenses covering the Kentucky
approaches to that city, at some distance back from the Ohio
had now completely flanked Buell
's left, and passed behind him, without a struggle and without loss, keeping well eastward of Nashville
, and advancing by Carthage, Tenn.
, and Glasgow, Ky.
; first striking the Louisville and Nashville Railroad--which was our main line of supply and reenforcement — after he entered Kentucky
His advance, under Gen. J. R. Chalmers
, first encountered3
a considerable force at Munfordsville, where the railroad crosses Green river
, and where Col.