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[624] to be hoped that they paroled their prisoners not to serve again during the War, unless on their side.

Gen. Burbridge, who had promptly started on Morgan's track, had, by a forced march of 90 miles, struck1 him heavily at Mount Sterling; Morgan decamping at the close to continue his career. Part of his force entered Lexington at 2 next morning, burned the railroad depot, and left, heading for Frankfort and Georgetown. Part of Cynthiana was burned by another detachment. But, near that place, Burbridge fell2 on the Rebel raiders while at breakfast; killing and wounding 300 of them, capturing 400, beside 1,000 horses, and liberating some of Hobson's men. Hobson and staff were recaptured soon afterward. Our loss in this. conflict flict was but 150. Morgan fled to south-western Virginia with the wreck of his command, which was no longer a force. He had only gathered a small band, with which he occupied Greenville, East Tennessee, when he was surprised3 and killed by Gen. Gillem ; who, being apprised of his arrival, had made a forced march of 16 miles from Bull's gap to catch him.

Burbridge was detained for weeks in Kentucky, reorganizing and remounting his overmarched force; when he resumed the movement which had been arrested by Morgan's raid. He struck directly for the salt-works at Saltville, near Abingdon; where he found himself confronted4 in strong force by Breckinridge, by whom he was beaten off, with a loss of 350 men, including Col. Mason, 11th Michigan, killed. He drew off during tile night after the conflict, alleging a lack of ammunition; but, as he left his wounded to the enemy, it would seem that the real difficulty was a superfluity rather than a scarcity at least of balls.

Gen. Gillem, still posted near Bull's gap, finding a Rebel force, composed of the brigades of Vaughan and Palmer, in his rear at Morristown, suddenly attacked5 and routed them, with a loss on their side of 400 men and 4 guns. Two weeks later, Breckinridge in like manner surprised Gillem by a night attack ;6 routing him utterly, with the loss of his battery train, and most of his small arms, which his men threw away to expedite their flight. The darkness was intense, and Burbridge admits a loss of 220 men only. He took refuge in Knoxville, leaving Breckinridge transiently master of the situation.

Johnson's island, Lake Erie, near Sandusky, Ohio, having been made a prison-camp, where several thousands of captive Rebels were usually confined, plots were laid by certain of the Rebel agents and refugees in Canada to liberate them. To this end, the unarmed steamboat Philo Parsons, on her way7 from Detroit to Sandusky, stopping at Malden, Canada, there took on board 20 passengers, sengers, who, at 6 P. M. proclaiming themselves Confederate soldiers, seized the boat, and with her captured the Island Queen ; soon scuttling the latter; then standing in for Sandusky, where they expected, in concert with secret allies in that city, to capture ture the U. S. gunboat Michigan ; but their signals were not answered, and they soon put off; running the boat on the Canada shore near Sandwich, and escaping.

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