An explanation of the affair at Union city, Tenn.
--Capt. J. S. Whitmore
sends to the Memphis Avalanche
the following explanation of the affair at Union City, Tenn.
Was at breakfast, when the enemy, with their whole force — consisting of cavalry, artillery and infantry — made their appearance.
The road leading to the city was to be picketed by Col. Jackson
's cavalry, which was not done.
No report was made to Col. Pickett
of the advance of the enemy.
The first intimation he had the enemy's battery was planted within one hundred yards of his headquarters.
His time was occupied in issuing passports, and acting as general quartermaster.
When he saw his condition, he dispatched three messengers to his command to form at the depot and make resistance, if possible; if not, to take the cars.
To get to his command he leaped several fences, and before reaching it was informed by Major Cole
and Lieut. Porter
there was no use in going, as his regiment had gone to hell!
The forces of the enemy consisted of four regiments of infantry and two battalions of cavalry, and nine pieces of artillery.
Our whole force did not exceed eight to nine hundred effective men. The enemy immediately opened fire on our camps and cars.
No return made by us. Our loss is fifty taken prisoners; in that number thirty of the pickets, under command of lieut, Coleman
, including Lieut. Fite
, and about fifty horses; no arms, and but few of the wagons.
Provisions lost valued at about $6,000, and but little ammunition.
The enemy destroyed the cars, quarters, and tents, and retired with great demonstrations of joy.
displayed great coolness and bravery, and won the esteem of the regiment.
had command of the cavalry, by order of Gen. Polk
Our regiment rallied at Crockett's Station, ten miles from Union City
They were pursued by the enemy about three miles. Col. Pickett
sent scouts to Cogett's, fearing the enemy might flank them at that point.