113. fight at Woodbury, Ky., October 29, 1861.
A correspondent of the Louisville Journal
gives the subjoined account of this affair:
Louisville Democrat account.
On Sunday last, (Oct. 27,) Col. Burbridge
, who is in command at Owensboro
, received a call from Colonel McHenry
, at or near Morgantown
, for help, as he anticipated an attack by a heavy force of the enemy.
That same evening, Col. Burbridge
with two hundred and fifty or three hundred men, and two cannon — about one hundred of his men being cavalry from Colonel Jackson
's regiment; the rest was infantry, with their supplies in their knapsacks.
This little band made a forced march to the bank of the river opposite Woodbury
, which they reached Tuesday afternoon.
The ferryboat was on the Woodbury side, in charge of two rebel sentries and a black man. The sentries were picked off by rifle shots across the river, a distance of nearly three hundred yards, and Col. Burbridge
then ordered the negro to take the boat across.
Into the boat he put one of his cannon and a portion of his forces, while the balance of his rifles and the second gun protected his advance against the rebels, who had formed on the river bank.
Making a landing with his squad, he charged upon the enemy, driving them back into the town.
Meanwhile the balance of his forces were crossing as rapidly as possible.
They were all over before it became dusk, and they made a charge through the town, driving the enemy before them.
On the way through, they were fired upon with several shots from houses, which they instantly riddled.
Unfortunately, and to the regret of all our men, a woman thrust her head out of one of the windows, and, in the dusk of the evening, was not distinguished as a woman.
She was shot in the forehead and killed.
The surgeon who attended the expedition, reported six or seven killed in the houses.
The enemy retreated to his camp in the rear of the town, which Col. Burbridge
immediately attacked, utterly routing the entire force, some four or five hundred in number; he took possession of the camp with equipage for five hundred men, and all their camp utensils; but as he had no means of transportation, the entire camp was burned.
Two prisoners were taken, named Ives
, and brought to this city this morning; one of them from Alabama
, one from Mississippi
. One of them is reported to be a captain, the other a private.
About the same time, Col. McHenry
, with some two hundred men, made an attack on a camp of the enemy at or near Morgantown
, and took five or six prisoners--how many were killed and wounded we did not learn.
lost one man, but drove the enemy off. About the same time, Capt. Neerer
, who is stationed with a party of twenty men at Rochester
, his men all armed with Colt
's revolving rifles, had a skirmish with a largely superior force of the enemy in the vicinity of Rochester
, but with what result we have not yet learned.
, in his attack, had one man wounded, but lost none.
We believe these particulars to be entirely reliable, and think that further reports will only confirm last Tuesday's work as a day of glorious achievements.
The marching, as Col. Burbridge
did, with about three hundred men from Owensboro
, a distance of sixty or seventy miles, in two days--attacking and utterly routing a force of five hundred of the enemy within less than eighteen miles of Buckner
's Headquarters at Bowling Green
, where he is reported to have a very heavy force, destroying the entire camp and camp equipage, driving the enemy off with a loss of fifty or sixty in killed, an unknown number in wounded, and recrossing the river in safety, with only one of his own men wounded and none killed; and doing all this, too, with raw troops who had never smelled powder before, is one of the most brilliant exploits of the entire campaign.