of 2,500 men, he crossed the Cumberland river
at Burkes-ville on the 2d of July, passed through Columbia
, forty miles below Louisville
, and there on the 8th crossed the Ohio
, drawing after him large bodies of Federal cavalry and infantry and having a number of heavy engagements.
Thence he swept through Corydon
and other towns, until on the 13th he was in the vicinity of Cincinnati
, having captured many troops, and with the hue and cry of two States raised against him. He was pursued and sought to be headed by large bodies of the enemy's cavalry and infantry, drawn from all quarters.
With little time for rest he directed his course northeastward through Ohio
until, worn down by fatigue and encompassed by overwhelming odds in his rear, on his flank, and in front, in-cluding troops in steamers moving by the Ohio
, a large part of his force while attempting to cross into West Virginia
at Buffington's Island
was captured on the 21st of July, and on the 26th General Morgan
was forced to surrender with as many more, bringing the aggregate of his loss to more than half of his original command.
The remainder made their way to the South
in small detachments and were organized at Abingdon, Va.
Of the imprisonment of General Morgan
and his principal officers in the penitentiary at Columbus, Ohio
, his romantic escape from therewith six of his faithful comrades, Hines
, Hocher-smith, Sheldon
, and of his subsequent movements and tragic death, September 4, 1864, at Greeneville, Tenn.
, reference must be made to the full and able history of Morgan
's cavalry by his distinguished second in command, Gen. Basil W. Duke
The proper record of the bold enterprises and dashing exploits of this great cavalry leader would of themselves alone require more space than is accorded to this general narrative of the part taken in the war by all the Kentuck-ians who followed the Confederate