rode a fine stallion, which, in acknowledgment of his gallantry, General Smith
, who happened to be without a good horse, to keep for his own service.
On Sunday, after Armstrong
was paroled, he appealed to Freret
to lend him the horse, stating that many of the wounded of his regiment had been left upon the battle field, and he was anxious to see that they were properly cared for. This appeal, of course, could not be resisted.
Again on Monday Armstrong
appealed for the horse on the same grounds, and Freret
again readily complied.
, instead of returning to the battle field with his parole and written permission from Freret
to use the horse, deliberately and in perfect safety rode away to Ohio
In short, he stole the horse, which had been lent to him in kindness, and for purposes of charity.
A few days subsequently an article appeared in a Cincinnati paper, headed “A full flight to death,” and giving a glowing account of Armstrong
's audacity and desperate escape.
On the morning of the first of September, the army advanced towards Lexington
A regiment of the enemy was drawn up on the high bluffs across the Kentucky river
, apparently to dispute its passage.
The position was very strong, and had it been defended with any obstinacy, would have been found difficult to force.
But the Federals
ran away at the first fire.
Beyond the river a strong calvary force appeared in our front, watching us closely, but keeping carefully out of range.
The troops seemed now to feel fully the effects of their arduous labors for the past fortnight, and straggled badly.
Four miles beyond the river, though but little past noon, it was found necessary to halt the army on account of its exhausted condition.
The enemy retreated before us only fast enough to keep out of the way. It was thought that they had been reinforced, but to what extent it was found impossible to ascertain, on account of the cavalry which covered their rear.
Near where we halted General Smith
was heartily welcomed by an old gentleman, Mr. Todhunter
, a wealthy farmer and an ardent sympathiser with the Confederate
His joy at seeing us was extreme, and he insisted that General Smith
should accept the hospitalities of his house, an old brick mansion near by, and establish his headquarters there.
Seeing that a refusal would mortify our old friend, General Smith
, contrary to his usual custom, accepted the invitation.
While seated at dinner, one of Mr. Todhunter
's sons, deaf and dumb, but a bitter hater of Yankee rule, entered the room in an excited manner, and pointed at our dark-blue pants — treasurers obtained from the suttlers' stores captured at Loudon
— and then out into the fields, seemed to intimate, by his violent gestures and vehement guttural utterances, that