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[280] course that he should be the commander of the troops who flocked to his standard. From the very outset he evinced his extraordinary capacity for war, and in his long career of great achievement no defeat or failure was ever charged to him. . . .

When Forrest, with about twelve hundred men, set out in pursuit of Streight, he was more than a day behind him. Streight had several hundred more men in the saddle than Forrest, and being far in advance could replace a broken-down horse by a fresh one from the farms through which his route lay, while Forrest, when he lost a horse, lost a soldier, too; for no good horses were left for him. After a hot pursuit of five days and nights, during which he had lost two-thirds of his forces from broken-down horses, he overhauled his enemy and brought him to a parley. This conference took place in sight of a cut-off in the mountain road, Captain Morton and his horse artillery, which had been so long with Forrest, passing in sight along the road till they came to the cut-off, into which they would turn, reentering the road out of view, so that it seemed that a continuous stream of artillery was passing by. Forrest had so arranged that he stood with his back to the guns while Streight was facing them.

Forrest, in his characteristic way, described the scene to me. He said,

I seen him all the time he was talking, looking over my shoulder and counting the guns. Presently he said: “Name of God! How many guns have you got? There's fifteen I've counted already!” Turning my head that way, I said, “I reckon that's all that has kept up.” Then he said, “I won't surrender till you tell me how many men you've got.” I said, “I've got enough to whip you out of your boots.” To which he said, “I won't surrender.” I turned to my bugler and said, “Sound to mount!” Then he cried out “I'll surrender!” I told him, “ Stack your arms right along there, Colonel, and march your men away down that hollow.”

“When this was done,” continued Forrest,

I ordered my men to come forward and take possession of the arms.

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