The Memphis Appeal
, of the 26th, contains a lengthy, account of a fight at Elliott's Mills
, from its Columbus (Ky.)
correspondent, under date of Sept. 23d. from which we make the following extracts:
"Information having reached headquarters on the night of the 21st that the Federalists were withdrawing their forces from Cairo
, Cape Girardeau
, and other points on the river above, leaving feeble garrisons at each of these points, and removing their troops to St. Louis
and Western Virginia
, a movement was apparently determined upon to look after the condition of things at the mills, some twelve miles above here, where six or seven thousand Federal troops are reported to be stationed — some three thousand at the mills and three or four thousand at the head of Island One, three miles above.
Orders were issued accordingly for Lieut. Col. Logwood
's battalion of Tennessee Cavalry, and Lieut. Col. Miller
's battalion of Mississippi Cavalry, to report themselves for service at an early hour on the following morning.
On returning to camp on the morning of the 22d, from a night's picket duty on the Cairo
road, I found the company whose fortunes I share and whose ensign I follow, absent in pursuance of the order, and being well assured from information previously obtained of their destination and the object of their mission, in company with three comrades of the previous night's picket, I followed in their wake, and over took them when within about three miles of the mills."
"* * * The battalion on nearing the enemy's stronghold, divided--Col. Logwood
commanding one-half and Maj. Chas. Hill
the other, who had command of the Hill
cavalry, Capt. Neely
's company and Capt. Haywood
On their near approach to the enemy a signal gun was fired, and the pickets, some twenty in number, fired upon Major Hill
's command, (Col. Logwood
being ordered to flank them on their left.) The order was given to charge, which was done in gallant style, and especial credit is due to the several captains in charge of the companies, viz: Capt. Claiborne
, Capt. Neely
, and Capt. Haywood
, for the gallant and manly part they bore in the action.
They received the fire and then the charge was ordered and obeyed, and five Yankee rascals paid the forfeit of their lives for their temerity.
I have had the good fortune to speak personally with three of our men who did bag
a Hessian, and many others who testify as eye-witnesses to the killing."
‘"The youngest man in the battalion, Mr. Charles Claiborne
, of the Hill
cavalry, was the first man to kill a Yankee in Kentucky
; his gallant conduct on the occasion was openly complimented by his superior officer in command.
Mr. John Covington
, also of the same company, who got his horse shot, killed the Yankee
that shot him, and Mr. Buck Cockrill
, also of the same company, killed the Yankee
who shot deliberately at him and missed him. Mr. Durett
and Mr. Gilchrist
, of Captain Neely
's company, also 'killed their man.' Mr. Mike McGrath
, of Haywood
's company, also killed a Yankee.
, ever true to their Manassas
characteristic, ran with McDowell
On our near approach to the mill at the mouth of the creek, two regiments, supported by artillery, were discovered; the order was given to 'form into line.' and the retreat was made slowly and in perfect order without the loss of a single man, and only, two horses killed."’
Information has been received in camp, since the engagement, from the enemy's quarters, in all respects verifying the above facts, with this additional fact, that there were five killed and one missing. The boys speak of the fight and of killing Yankees as they would of killing snakes, and say that the whistling of bullets near their heads only excited them to renewed action.
Take it altogether, it was a day's sport that will be remembered to their sorrow by Lincoln
's troops on Mayfield creek
The health of the troops is very good, and their spirits buoyant, I should judge, from the music and gayety in the camp from which I now write.
I shall write as points of interest arise.
We all look to the coming of the Appeal
every day with pleasure.
As it is now time for bed, I must bid you a very good night. W. L. G.