Doc. 182.-fight at Merriwether's Ferry.
Chaplain Locke's narrative.
Marion City, Tenn., August 18, 1862.on the morning of the fifteenth, a messenger reported to these headquarters that sixty or seventy rebel recruits for Jackson's cavalry, from Graves and Hickman counties, Kentucky, were passing within eight miles of this place southward, under one Capt. Binfield, who had taken the oath some time since at Hickman. Colonel Harris, commander of the post, immediately ordered out company C, Captain Fullerton, Second Illinois cavalry, in pursuit. The Colonel accompanied the expedition in person. The company left at seven A. M., under command of Lieut. C. Terry, and overtook the enemy about twelve M., at Merriwether's Ferry, on the Obion River, thirty miles from Union City, where they were about to cross, to join some one hundred and fifty others who were camped on the opposite side of the river. The engagement lasted about half an hour, our men behaving in a most gallant manner. As our men came up, the enemy dismounted and hid behind trees and logs, while those on the opposite side of the river opened a cross-fire, which resulted in the death of three of our men--Lieuts. Calvin Terry and John Goodhart, and private Jacob F. Stone. Lieut. Terry was shot through the body, and only lived about an hour. Lieut. Goodhart was shot through the head and through the heart, and died instantly. Private Stone was shot in the head, and killed instantly. The rebels were most severely punished; twenty were left dead on the field, and nine were taken prisoners. Five were taken prisoners and one killed the next day, who were making their way back to Kentucky. Sixty horses and mules, and. some forty guns, fell into our hands. Capt. Fullerton is in full pursuit of the enemy. Killed — Calvin Terry, First Lieutenant, shot through the body; John Goodhart, Second Lieutenant, shot through the heart and head; Jacob F. Stone, private, shot through the head. Wounded — John C. Philbrick, First Sergeant, shot in right arm, arm since amputated; R. S. Easkin, Second Sergeant, in left arm, slightly; A. Galespie, flesh-wound in thigh; Wm. Beaman, severely in knee; Peter Sharp, hip and thigh, seriously; Wm. Warner, slightly in knee.
J. R. Locke, Chaplain Second Illinois Cavalry.