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[191] Federal wagon train. During the next two days the Texans were dashing into the Federal trains, destroying bridges and creating great havoc. Of one of these actions General Ross said: ‘The gallant bearing of the Third and Ninth Texas on this occasion is deserving of special commendation, and it affords me much gratification to record to the honor of these noble regiments that charges made by them at the Harpeth river have never been and cannot be surpassed by cavalry of any nation.’ The Texans participated in the operations about Murfreesboro under Forrest, and after a desperate fight with an infantry regiment captured a railroad train loaded with supplies near that place. On the retreat of Hood's army the Sixth was distinguished in the check it administered to an overwhelming force of the enemy which would otherwise have overrun the entire division. At Sugar Creek, where a memorable fight was made, and successfully, to protect the Confederate retreat, Ector's infantry was supported by the Legion and Ninth cavalry. When the enemy advanced in a fog, the infantry charged and fired, and then the cavalry, passing through the infantry, ‘crossed the creek in the face of a terrible fire, overthrew all opposition on the other side, and pursued the thoroughly routed foe nearly a mile.’ The brigade lost 87 men during the campaign and captured and brought off 550 prisoners, 9 stand of colors, several hundred horses, and overcoats and blankets for the command, besides destroying 2 railroad trains of supplies and 40 or 50 wagons, etc.


In Gen. Joseph Wheeler's report of his operations harassing Sherman's march through Georgia, the Eighth and Eleventh Texas cavalry are mentioned with high praise. In his report of the battle of Bentonville, N. C., which practically ended the fighting career of the army of Tennessee, Gen. J. E. Johnston says ‘the Eighth ’

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