Morgan's Latest Exploit.
--A correspondent of the Mobile Register
, writing from Chattanooga
, recounts the following:
Col. John H. Morgan
returned last evening from his scout up the river, having gone in pursuit of some of the enemy's cavalry, who were reported to have gone up in search of our steamer, the Paint Rock
About seven miles up the river he broke up some flatboats, and brought others across to this side.
Seeing no signs of the enemy, he crossed at a point above the island to make an exploration.--Taking a small canoe, accompanied by his cousin, Major Wash. Morgan
, (who commands a company of Cherokee Indians
,) and Col. George St. Ledger Grenfell
, be crossed the river, and after proceeding out some distance heard some voices.
Approaching. they came on a man and a boy. Col Morgan
, seeing that the man mistook them for Yankees, asked him if he knew anything about the Secesh
fellows over the river.
‘"No."’said he, ‘"but I've learn that that rascal Morgan
was over thar yesterday, but the derned fellow flies about so thar's no tellin' whar he is now!"’
and Col. Grenfell
could hardly keep straight faces.
, after putting several questions to the man, asked if he was really a good Union man. He solemnly declared he was, and would do anything to help the Yankees
‘"Well,"’ said Morgan
, ‘"can't you paddle us over the river?--we would like to see if any one is over there."’
‘"I will,"’ said the fellow, ‘"if you will just let me run up to the house a minute to change my breeches."’
‘"Oh, those will do now,"’ said Morgan
, ‘"as we are in a hurry,"’ and the man was compelled to go with them to the river.
After the man had paddled the canoe about half way across it being necessary to keep very still in order to prevent the canoe from upsetting.
changed his position, and the canoe came near going over, when the Major
cried out, ‘"Col. Morgan
, if you don't keep still you will upset us."’ At this announcement the Union
man's face presented a perfect picture of terror, and he cried out, ‘"Are you Col. Morgan
For God's sake don't hang me!"’ ‘"Well," ’ said Morgan
, ‘"hurry over, and I'll see about it,"’ Such tall paddling as the Union
man then did was never beaten by the Indian
The poor fellow, trembling with fear as he reached the shore, was afterwards let go.