fall asleep standing in line of battle, when actually under fire.
The position gained by Smith
would enable him to take other of their intrenchments in reverse, or to advance under cover of a ridge directly upon their most important battery and fieldwork.
declared that his post would certainly be attacked in the morning, and that he could not hold it half an hour; he thought they might yet fight their way out, with a loss of three-fourths of their number, but did not deem it right to sacrifice so large a proportion.
These representations being undisputed, a surrender became inevitable.
, the sunset of whose career as Secretary of War
had not appeared brilliant at the North
, at once protested that he would never surrender.
— who, for obvious reasons, was scarcely more popular with Kentucky Unionists
than was Floyd
with those of the Free States
--presented no such obstacle.
, therefore, turned the command over to Pillow
, who passed it to Buckner
, whose late superiors now devoted their attention to the means of escape.
Two Rebel steamboats having arrived a little before daylight from above, Floyd
filled them with his soldiers, especially those of his own brigade, and, a little before sunrise, cast off and steamed up the river, leaving the residue to their fate.1 Col. Forrest
, with some 800 cavalry, escaped by the road up the immediate bank of the river, which was partly overflowed, and therefore deemed impracticable for infantry, but which Forrest
's troopers appear to have traversed without difficulty or loss.
During the night, a negro had escaped from the Rebel
lines, and given our leaders their first clear information of the straits of the enemy.
was therefore not surprised at receiving, about daylight, the following overture:
The reply was hardly so diplomatic, but quite lucid — as follows:
's response closed the correspondence thus: