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Curtis horse surprise.--W. D. Gleason of Wyoming, Jones County, a member of the Curtis Horse, and who was in Major Schaeffer's command when surprised by the rebels, relates the following incidents in a letter published in the Anamosa Eureka:

Just before sundown the alarm was given, and we were ordered to saddle as quickly as possible. We did so, but were hardly in time. I saddled my horse as quickly as possible, but when trying to bridle him, he stubbornly refused to open his mouth. I finally forced the bits into his mouth, untied him, and mounted. The enemy were then close upon us, and when I reached the road, they were within two and a half rods of me, and yelling like fiends. They called upon me to surrender, and as I gave no heed to their cries, fired; but luckily for me, their aim was poor, and I escaped without a wound, although one shot went through my blouse. After reaching the road I put spurs to my horse and flew like lightning along the road.

I ran about a mile and a half, when my horse jumped into a mud-hole and fell, unhorsing me and plunging me into the mud. He then jumped up and ran away. As I rose and brushed the mud from my face and eyes, I received a blow with the bott of a gun from one of them. My sabre was then gone and my revolver was my only weapon. I turned, and levelling it at his breast, fired, and enjoyed the pleasure of seeing him fall from his horse. I then ran a distance of me great about four rods into the woods, and lay flat upon my face until they passed me, and then took my way through the woods to a farm-house, about one mile distant. Fortune favored me, and I found the farmer a whole-souled Union man.

Major Schaeffer was killed. We deeply mourn his loss as he was a noble, whole-souled man, and a good officer.

Lieut Wheeler is with us. He was taken prisoner, but effected his escape by throwing his captor's head over a fence and holding his throat across a rail until life was extinct.

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