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[557] lost only two killed and several slightly wounded. The escape of the men seemed almost miraculous. Here Colonel Streight had his horse killed under him, pierced with two musket-balls. Officers and men behaved themselves very gallantly, and none displayed greater bravery and coolness than the Colonel commanding.

Owing to our hasty departure and the darkness, the surgeons were unable to dress the wounds of the soldiers save a few. Not being informed of the Colonel's intention to move, Dr. Peck, Acting Brigade Surgeon, and Assistant-Surgeon King of the Fifty-first, went on the field to look after our wounded, and were soon surprised to find themselves almost in the enemy's lines. Dr. Peck succeeded in escaping, but Dr. King was made prisoner and sent to Day's Gap.

Just as we left, the enemy had received reenforcements, with three pieces of artillery. They shelled our rear, causing some commotion among the horses and miles. It was expected that they would follow, and no time was lost. Arriving at a favorable situation, Colonel Streight disposed his troops in ambush on both sides of the road, where they waited with almost breathless anxiety, and eyes weary with watching, for the approach of tile enemy. Two hours were lost and no enemy appeared. We moved on, reaching Blountsville, the county-seat of Blount County, at noon, May first. Soldiers seldom get more weary and sleepy than did those heroes on that night and morning, after having fought in two severe engagements in less than twelve hours. The mules and horses were not only tired but hungry. During our two hours rest here, rations were issued to the men and ammunition distributed. All the wagons but one were burned, and the ammunition was put on the backs of pack-mules. At three o'clock in the afternoon, May first, we were on the move. We had not proceeded far when skirmishing was again commenced in the rear. The Colonel selected the first bank of a stream, (the east fork of the Black Warrior, I think,) for his line of battle, and checked the further progress of the enemy. They had not yet come up in force, and it was not deemed wise to wait for their arrival. We moved on that afternoon and night until twelve o'clock, when we rested until daylight. Our march during the forenoon of the second instant, was considerably annoyed by the enemy's skirmishers in our rear. We passed Gadsden, stopping only long enough to destroy a large quantity of meal and other provisions in store for the rebels. Here it was expected that a small steamer would be found upon which a detachment of men could be placed, and sent to Rome to hold the place until our arrival. The steamer was not there. We moved on the north side of the Coosa River toward Rome. The animals were becoming very much exhausted, and men were compelled to fall in the rear of the guard, and a few were taken prisoners. We had to go much slower in order to prevent this.

At about one o'clock P. M. on the second, our rear was again attacked, but the coolness and bravery of the rear-guard, assisted by one piece of artillery, kept them at a respectful distance.

Arriving at Mr. Blount's farm, well provided with corn, the Colonel ordered the animals to be sent forward and fed, while one or two regiments held the enemy at bay. But the rebels were much nearer than was expected, and fired on the men before they were in position. It was here, in the early part of the engagement, that Colonel Hathaway fell while at the head of his regiment. This event caused a general feeling of sadness, especially among the men of his own command, who seemed to love him as a father. He was a brave man.

The enemy were again repulsed with considerable loss, but continued to skirmish briskly.

From this point Col. Streight sent a detachment of two hundred men in command of Captain Milton Russell, of the Fifty-first Indiana, acting Provost-Marshal, to Rome, Georgia, to take and hold it until our arrival. Owing to the delay they met with in ferrying a stream, they did riot arrive before Rome until the next day at nine o'clock A. M. They had been advised of their advance, and sent out pickets to arrest their progress. Captain Russell ascertained that the town was protected by a considerable force and four pieces of artillery. Besides, they had the bridge already torn up to prevent our crossing of the river Finding it impossible to gain the town, Captain Russell slowly retreated to the main force. The enemy was held back at Blount's farm till after dark, during which time the pack-mules and a part of the force were sent on to cross two tributaries of tire Coosa River. At the first ford it was expected to find a ferry-boat on which to cross the ammunition, but it was gone. This caused a delay of several hours. The train proceeded up the creek two or three miles, where a very unsafe ford was found with a very rapid current. In crossing, the ammunition was somewhat damaged, several boxes becoming wet.

Not more than one mile to the left of our road, was the Round Mountain Iron-Works, where munitions of war were manufactured for the confederate service. It was burned to the ground and all its machinery rendered useless. This was something the rebels could ill afford to lose, and I have since learned that they have commenced to rebuild it.

There was a bridge over the second stream which was destroyed as soon as our forces crossed. Here it was hoped that the two last streams were between us and the enemy, and that we would not soon be annoyed by their attacks. So two miles beyond Cedar Bluffs the command was divided so that they could procure corn to feed. The men were busily engaged in preparing their scanty breakfast, or taking that rest of which they had had so little in the last two weeks, and enjoying a feeling of security, when their peace was soon disturbed by firing in the rear. This caused considerable excitement, but the men. jaded and tired as they were, moved bravely to the front. A flag of truce was sent demanding a surrender. Colonel Streight refused, upon which


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