fired at him. We put out the best of our men as sharp-shooters.
A great many of our men lay down inside of our works and went to sleep, as they felt altogether easy about the matter.
I think it was about half-past 10 o'clock when the bugle was sounded to cease firing; and fifteen minutes before eleven they sent in a flag of truce demanding an unconditional surrender.
called the officers together and asked them what they thought best to be done.
All were in favor of fighting.
When he asked me about it, I told him that if they had artillery they could whip us; but if they had no artillery we could fight them till hell froze over; those were my very words.
Then the telegraph operator said that he had seen two pieces of artillery.
He had my glass, and had been up in a little log shanty, where he could see all over the ground.
said if they had artillery, and we renewed the fight, like enough they would kill every man of us they got. So we agreed then he should make the surrender, on condition that we should be paroled there, without being taken away from the place, and each one allowed to keep his private property, and the officers allowed to keep their fire-arms.
He went out to make the surrender on those conditions; and if they did not accept them, then we were to fight them as long as a man was left.
He went out, and the next thing I knew there was an order came there for us to march our men out and lay down their arms.
We marched them out in front of his headquarters and laid down our arms.
The rebels then piled into our camp and cleaned out every thing; what they could not carry off they burned.
We were then marched off. The Colonel
had not then told us on what conditions the surrender was made; he only said he supposed we would be paroled.
Question. The enemy had used no artillery?
Answer. No, sir.
Question. Did you find out subsequently whether or not they had any artillery?
Answer. They had two pieces of artillery, but they did not have them at Union City
Question. Where was it?
Answer. On the way from Dresden
They told me it was in supporting distance; that they could have had it at Union City
in a short time; but I heard so many stories I did not know what to believe.
Question. Did you suppose at the time you made the surrender that reenforcements were approaching you?
Answer. The Colonel
could not tell us whether any reenforcements were coming or not.
Question. How far was Union City
Answer. I think it was twenty-six miles; but I am not certain.
Question. You supposed reenforcements would come from there, if at all?
Answer. From Cairo
Question. How far were you from Cairo
Answer. It is about forty-six miles from here to Union City
You would have to go from here to Columbus
, and from Columbus
out to Union City
Question. How long did you remain with the enemy?
Answer. From Thursday until Monday night.
Question. How did you effect your escape?
Answer. We were not guarded very closely.
When I was ready to leave I went into the kitchen, just after supper, and asked for some bread and meat for a man who was sick.
The cook gave it to me, and I then went out the door and called Captain Parsons
, and asked him if he did not want to go down and see the boys; that I had got a piece of meat to take down.
He said yes; but instead of going down to see the boys we turned off into the woods.
Question. At what point did you come into our lines?
Answer. We came in at Waverley Landing.
By the Chairman
Question. Have you heard since that reenforcements under General Brayman
were approaching to your relief?
Answer. Yes, sir.
Question. Did you hear how near they had got to you?
Answer. Within six miles of the place at four o'clock that morning.
By Mr. Gooch
Question. Had you any conversation with the rebel officers while you were with them?
Answer. Yes, sir.
Question. Did you hear them say any thing about negro troops, etc.?
Answer. Not much.
I was talking with them about our regiment.
They said when they first started to come there that they were going to get us, and seemed to be surprised to think we had fought them as well as we did, for they said they expected to get us without any trouble.
Question. Did they say why they expected to get you without any trouble?
Answer. No, sir. They said they would parole Hawkins
again, and let him get some more horses, and knives, and things, and then they would come when they wanted him again.
Question. How did they treat our men?
Answer. They gave them nothing to eat until the second night, when they gave them about an ounce of fat bacon each.
Some got a little bread, but a few of them, however.
On Sunday morning they marched the men up in front of the court-house, passed them in one at a time and searched them, taking boots, hats, coats, blankets, and money from them.
Question. Did they leave you without boots, coats, or blankets?
Answer. There were a great many of our men who had new boots, and the rebels would take the new boots and give them their old ones, and so they exchanged hats and blankets.
Question. How many days were you in reaching our lines after you escaped from the rebels?
Answer. I reached Waverley Landing on Thursday, the seventh of April, and Cairo
in two weeks from the time that I got away from them.