Rebel account of the battle.
Early on the morning of the first instant, Colonel Morrison
, then commanding our brigade at Albany, Kentucky
, received despatches from Colonel Chenault
, at Monticello
, to the effect that he was holding the enemy in check, that their force consisted of only three regiments of infantry and one of cavalry, including four pieces of artillery, and if he, Colonel Morrison
, would come to their assistance, they could capture the entire command, or run them into the river.
immediately ordered the brigade in the direction of Monticello
had long since retreated from every position he held, from Monticello
back to where the Albany
road leaves the Jamestown
road, had fallen back nine miles, thus cutting off all communication with Colonel Morrison
and the force on the Jamestown
's battalion was the advance.
He, true to the instincts of a cautious commander, ordered two advance-guards.
, commanding the first, was cut off and made his way to Chenault
The second was fired into, when the battalion was about-faced, and, whilst forming in a field adjacent that one in which they were marching, the Yankees
made an attempt to charge their line, which was responded to by a volley of Minie-balls, when the order was given by the valiant and chivalrous Day to charge their advancing column, which they did in magnificent style.
If ever blue-bellies took to their heels, they did. They never stopped until they got to a woodland one mile distant.
ordered back to the left Day
's battalion and moved forward the artillery, Hincel
The lines of the enemy were then within four hundred yards of our lines.
opened on them with deadly effect — every shot penetrated their lines.
They soon left the field, followed by bombs of cool and intrepid Ramsey
The artillery in connection with Day
's battalion forced the enemy back on their right and from our left, when they attempted to turn our right flank.
had been sent to protect our right, but found the enemy occupying the hills commanding the road, and was forced to take position some distance from the road.
The enemy coming up on our centre, Major Cobb
was ordered to hold his position, as that was considered the only safe way to take out our artillery.
But before the despatch was received by the Major
, he was forced from his position with the enemy following him. Colonel Morrison
was then completely flanked, though he was prepared to drive back the enemy on the centre, should they continue to advance.
The battery occupied an eminence commanding the road for some distance.
The First Georgia, Major Davis
, was in front; Colonel Carter
was ordered up, but did not have time to take his position; Day
's battalion was on the extreme left.
, under the circumstances, was ordered to fill back in the direction of Travisville
, as the enemy were crossing the river at Greary Creek, only a few miles below, with two regiments of infantry, two of cavalry, and a heavy battery of artillery.
During the evening, Chenault
sent a despatch to Colonel Morrison
, requesting reenforcements, as the enemy were pressing him. Colonel Carter
was detached and ordered to his relief.
He came to Travisville
, and lo!
had sent Major Coff
's command and the First Louisiana to that point, whilst he and Cluke
struck a “bee line” in the direction of Middle Tennessee
--without notifying Colonel Morrison
or the reenforcements of his having left the position he had been holding that evening.
Our brigade came through from the Albany
road to Travisville
unmolested but not whipped, for we had maintained our position and forced the enemy from theirs.
Stragglers who were prejudiced against Colonel Morrison
, and were too cowardly to remain in the field, skulked off to East-Tennessee
to tell the tales of disaster and scandal.
Our loss was two killed, nine wounded, and three prisoners. The loss of the enemy must have been from fifteen to twenty killed, aside from many wounded.
Though the enemy shelled the brigade with four pieces of artillery for near an hour, they never forced back the brigade.
Their entire force must have consisted of six or seven thousand, mostly mounted infantry, as there was a heavy force on both roads.
At Hernden's we met the long looked for Pegram
, who would have been greeted with many cheers but for the timidity of the men. All hearts seemed buoyed up by his arrival.
He carries with him confidence wherever he goes.
His appearance inspires his command with a feeling of confidence and success.
He don't aspire for a commander of superior skill and ability.
He has just returned from an arduous trip to Richmond
, where he has been procuring arms and ammunition for his brigade.
He will soon have his command the best armed of any in the confederate army.