raid of that famous cavalry leader, John H. Morgan
, then colonel of the Second Kentucky cavalry.
, on the night of July 8th, a considerable body of the enemy's cavalry was charged and stampeded; but Colonel Hunt
, while leading gallantly in the assault, received a severe wound in the leg, which prevented his going on with the command.
and his men pushed on to Georgetown
, and on the 17th captured Cynthiana
, with 420 prisoners. The Georgia troopers, under command of Lieut.-Col. F. M. Nix
, acted a prominent part in this brilliant affair; Captain Jones
, of Company A, and Maj. Samuel J. Winn
being especially distinguished among the officers.
At the same time the First and Second Georgia cavalry regiments were earning their spurs with Forrest
Part of the First, under Col. J. J. Morrison
, and the Second, under Col. W. J. Lawton
, with Colonel Wharton
's Texas rangers, formed the main part of the cavalry brigade of about 1,400, with which Forrest
attacked an equal force at Murfreesboro
on July 13th and captured the entire Federal command.
To Colonel Morrison
, with a portion of his regiment, was given the duty of storming the courthouse, and after two or three hours of brisk fighting he compelled its surrender.
Lieut.-Col. Arthur Hood
, with a portion of the First, stormed the jail with equal success.
, with the Second regiment and the Tennessee
companies, assailed the second camp of the enemy.
The Georgians, under Colonel Dunlop and Major Harper, made a gallant charge almost to the mouth of the cannon.
After fighting them in front two or three hours I took immediate command of this force and charged the rear of the enemy into their camps and burned their camps and stores, demoralizing their force and weakening their strength.
In the following month Colonel Morrison
was sent with his troops into Kentucky
to occupy Mount Vernon
, and at Big Hill he defeated an attack of Federal cavalry,