negroes in uniform, who stood but a volley or two, when they fled in disorder through the opposite woods.
Away trotted, the poor black men into the forest, clinging to their rifles, but not using them, while the pursuing Confederates cut them down right and left.
To the honor of the men, be it said, not a man on the left stopped at the tempting train of 200 wagons and mules standing in the road deserted by the escort Some white men lay dead by the train, killed by artillery, but received only a glance of the victorious troops who were after prisoners, batteries, and the mounted men and officers.
The batteries were captured, but not a horse with them.
A thousand or more mules and 200 wagonloads of corn were taken.
The scene furnished proof of the plundering that had been done by the Federals
, for piled upon the wagons were little children's and women's clothing in quantities.
The negroes of Thayer
's command had stripped the houses of the region they had visited of little baby frocks, shoes, stockings, women's bonnets, shawls and cloaks, to take home to their families in Kansas
It was an illustration of the ruling spirit, or the impelling influence of these war movements generally, ‘that he may take who can.’
On the march to the battlefield that day the Confederates
passed a neat frame residence, at which a Confederate guard was placed.
The only occupant, a woman, had been stripped of all clothing by the Federal
foraging party, the bedclothes taken, and she had only the drapery of the windows left.
Of the enemy, 350 were killed on the field, white
; all they had taken was recaptured by the Confederates
, and this was done within hearing of Camden
, where the doughty Salomon
The Confederates took about 100 wounded prisoners, four pieces of artillery and many hundreds of arms.
As a creditable achievement, it is stated that Cabell
's command first broke the enemy's line, his left wing drawing the first fire.
, of Harrell
's battalion, was