him quicker than I can write it. Colonel Starr
was no more in the hands of General Forrest
than a butterfly would be in the claws of an eagle.
ran his saber entirely through his body and forced him off his horse.
The federal officers acted with great bravery and tried to rally their men, but could not do it.
Having attained the objects of the expedition, Forrest
retired with the prisoners and captured horses to the south side of a creek about three miles distant, and gave the men time to exchange their jaded horses for the captured ones.
There were about six hundred prisoners, a majority of them officers, who were captured in their night clothes.
Finding they could not keep up on the march, he sent his aid-de-camp, Captain C. W. Anderson
, back with a flag of truce, and with him he sent a member of General Washburne
's staff, to say to General Washburne
that the prisoners were in a wretched condition, without shoes or clothing, and as an act of humanity he would exchange them for such of his men as might be prisoners.
He stated to Captain Anderson
: ‘Should General Washburne
reject the proposal, then suggest that he send clothing for them.’
added that he would await the answer at Nonconnah creek
, six miles south.
stated, in his answer, he had no authority to exchange prisoners, but would gladly accept the proffered privilege of sending a supply of clothing.
In a short time Colonel Hepburn
and Captain H. S. Lee
arrived with a wagon load of clothing (Colonel Hepburn
is now a member of Congress from Iowa
), which was distributed under the direction of the federal officers.
then directed his surgeons to examine the prisoners, and such as were unfit to undergo hardship were sent back with Colonel Hepburn
and the wagon, with the promise they would not bear arms against the Confederate
cause until exchanged.
The remainder, about four hundred, were mounted on the extra horses and the march taken up to Hernando
Including the prisoners, Forrest
had about two thousand men without rations.
He knew he could not obtain any before reaching Panola
With characteristic promptness, and with the matchless resource, which always met every emergency, he decided to