action at Richmond, Ky. Smith
's cavalry brigade, of which a large part was the First Louisiana, under Lieut.-Col. James O. Nixon
, was commanded by Col. J. S. Scott
He drove the enemy from London
, making heavy captures of prisoners and stores; fought a considerable engagement successfully at Big Hill, the enemy leaving 120 killed and wounded and over 105 prisoners; and on the occasion of the battle at Richmond
attacked the enemy in the rear, capturing 3,500 prisoners, including General Manson
, the Federal
commander, and 8 pieces of artillery.
reported that in the campaign he captured nearly 4,000 prisoners, 375 wagons, mostly loaded, 1,500 mules and many horses.
From the 896 men of his command he lost 7 killed and 21 wounded. A somewhat dramatic fact may be cited here.
Profiting by his New Orleans lesson of a transfer of flags, Scott
, riding into Frankfort
, hoisted the battleflag of the First Louisiana (no Confederate flag being at hand) on the capitol
of the State
The dramatic touch was emphasized by the presence of a pacific rear guard of the enemy, 8,000 strong, watching the scene with mild interest from the opposite bank.
Acute war legalizes offenses even against ‘Old Glory,’ and that Confederate ceremony of September 3d having been completed, Scott
dashed on hotly with 450 horses to harass the friendly rear.
The second line was followed by Bragg
The movement was not overwise, but the issue of it was the severely fought battle of Perryville
, on October 8, 1862.
, after having been summarily relieved from command, had just been reinstated at the solicitation of Thomas
, prince of Federal soldiers, whose Virginia
lineage is so clearly traced in his steady character.
's whole army was not with him when he came upon Hardee
with only 15,000 men. Had that army been behind him, Buell
might have defeated Hardee
where he met him. Half of his force was distant from the field.
This lack of concentration called for payment somehow, at