Gallant Exploit of seventy Hoosters.--We have advices from North
of a late date; but as the greater portion of our information relates to movements, we are obliged to withhold it from the public; but we can assure our readers that every thing relative to the Sherman
expedition and the cooperating force is progressing better than the authorities expected.
One instance of Hoosier gallantry we are permitted to record.
A company of seventy men, belonging to the Seventh Indiana regiment, entered tile town of Bolivar, Tennessee
, and supposing it was occupied by our forces, took no precaution to throw out scouts, as is usual on such occasions, but moved alone leisurely, and in some disorder, until they suddenly found themselves confronted by two regiments of Mississippians.
“Who are you?”
demanded the Hoosier captain, “Mississippians,” was the response.
Here was an excellent opportunity — Indianians against Mississippians — to obtain revenge for the slanders uttered by Jeff Davis
, years since; and at once the gallant seventy raised a shout of defiance, and charged upon the chivalry, routing and scattering them in less than an hour, with a loss of twenty or thirty killed, wounded, and prisoners.
Our loss was one killed and three wounded. This is one of the most gallant affairs on record; and we only regret we are unable to give the names of any of the heroes — not even the commanding officer
.--Nashville Union, February 13