I heard an incident, down at Bacon Creek, the other day, which illustrates the character of the secessionists, and the vigorous policy pursued by Gen. McCook. A man named Buz Rowe lives down in this region. He was early afflicted with the secession fever, and when the rebels occupied this portion of Kentucky the sickness assumed a malignant form. It was his practice to lie around a tavern at Bacon Creek Station, drink whisky, swagger, blow about Southern rights, and insult Union men. One gentleman informs me that he has seen him draw his pistol, and threaten to  shoot at least twenty Union men, at as many different times. When our troops advanced to Nevin, and the rebels fell back to Green River, Buz changed his tune. He was not disposed to take up arms in behalf of the cause he represented. In fact, to secure peace and safety at home, he expressed his willingness to “take the oath.” On being lectured by Union men, he stated that he was only going through the form to prevent being troubled at home, that when he could do good for the rebel cause he would not regard the obligation in the least. It was some time before Buz could get a Union man to go to the camp with him, but finally, in company with such, he called on Gen. McCook, and asked for the privilege of taking the oath and obtaining a pass. The General knew his man, and addressing the Union man who accompanied him, said: “Administer the oath to him--a ready traitor to his country! What regard do you suppose he would have for the solemn obligations of an oath? A man, sir, who would betray his country, has no respect for his oath.” Buz turned pale. The truth cut him deep, and he began to see that his time had come. The General absolutely refused to have the oath administered, or to grant a pass. He could not get out of camp without some sort of a document, and he beseeched the interference of those whom he had so greatly abused when they were without protection. At last Gen. McCook agreed to pass him out of camp, and gave him a document which read something in this way:
This pass the brawling rebel had to show to the whole line of guards and pickets, who all marked him well before they let him pass. Though he had previously been at Bacon Creek every day, he has not been seen there since. He is as quiet as the army on the Potomac. One interview with Gen. McCook caused him to subside. That sort of medicine is the only kind that will cure Secesh.
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