In three short winter days, over little-used highways through a rough and hilly country, they rode a distance of ninety miles to Glasgow, Kentucky
, arriving at dark, December 24th.
The order was to start at daylight, stop from eleven to twelve to feed, unsaddle, curry, and rest, then on until night.
As the advance guard reached one corner of the public square, several companies of the Second Michigan Cavalry with no idea that Morgan
's men were near, rode into sight a few yards away.
In the melee
which ensued, one Federal was killed and two wounded, and a Confederate captain and one soldier were mortally and one lieutenant slightly wounded.
Twenty prisoners were captured, among them the adjutant of the regiment, whose equipment the writer appropriated.
A number of Christmas
turkeys which these excellent foragers had strapped to their saddles were also taken by us.
Ten miles north of Glasgow
, on December 25th, with our company of fifty men a mile in advance of the main column, the vedette reported the Federals
in line of battle in our front.
We were ordered to load and cap our guns, and then rode briskly forward.
When about two hundred yards from the Federal
lines, Captain Quirk
halted us, called off horse-holders, and we advanced on foot.
Reaching the top of a rise in the lane with a high worm-fence on either side, the Federals
gave us a lively volley, which we returned from the fence corners.
The fight had scarcely opened, when a second detachment of Federals (Company C, Fifth Indiana), which had been in ambush to our right, charged to within a few yards of the road abreast of and in the rear of our position, and fired into us at practically muzzle range.
Several of our men were wounded, our captain being twice hit. The fusillade stampeded the horses and horse-holders who fled in panic to the rear, leaving us on foot in the presence of a superior force.
Five members of our company were captured.
The rest of us scrambled over the opposite fence and ran for a scrub-oak thicket, one or two hundred yards across a field.