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[493] fell in with him on the 25th at Bear Wallow and Green's Chapel, but were unable to prevent his taking possession of the railway track, which he destroyed immediately. Morgan, making a feint against Munfordsville, which he considered impregnable, described a circuit around that place, and struck the railroad again more to northward, at Bacon Creek bridge. He captured the palisaded camp, with all the troops which defended this bridge; and being now certain of having the start of any force that might be sent from the south in pursuit of him, he quickly proceeded toward Elizabethtown. On the morning of the 27th he surrounded this village and the small garrison stationed in it. The latter, having no fortified place of shelter, took refuge in the houses, where Morgan bombarded it without any regard for the inhabitants, who were, however, thorough secessionists. He then began the attack, but at the first volley of musketry the Federal soldiers, without heeding their commander, in a cowardly manner hoisted the white flag. Five hundred prisoners and a large amount of provisions fell into Morgan's hands; the men were released on parole and the materiel destroyed. Before leaving their conquest the rough Confederate partisans plundered all the stores, stripped the prisoners of their garments to clothe themselves, and did not even respect the sick in the hospital.

Meanwhile, Harlan's brigade of infantry, which had been sent from Munfordsville in pursuit of them, was approaching. Morgan resumed his march; he began by capturing another small garrison in a palisaded camp at Sulphur Ford bridge, burnt this bridge, crossed over and destroyed the tunnel, and finally reached the other side of the hills in the valley of Salt River, where he expected to levy contributions, and, above all, to procure fresh horses for his cavalry. Taking the direction of Bardstown, he slackened his march, for he knew well that the destruction of the railroad and telegraphic wires would paralyze the movements of the detached bodies of troops scattered all around him. In fact, these various detachments were trying in vain to approach each other, while avoiding a serious conflict with an enemy superior in numbers to each of them. On the 29th, whilst Harlan's brigade was reaching Elizabethtown, Morgan was approaching Bardstown, and his scouts were already in Fredericksburg. But

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