doing outpost duty in that section of the State
early in 1863.
After the accession of this company the regiment had a strength of more than 900 men. Some of the companies were consolidated and their letter designations changed, while the regiment was in Tennessee
That the 11th Kentucky Cavalry was intended for real use rather than for ornament is shown by the fact that on the very day that it was mustered into the service (September 10, 1862), orders were received from General Kirby Smith
, then at Lexington
, for one of its companies to go on an expedition to Irvine and Estill Counties
to find out whether there had been any movement of the Federal General George H. Morgan
's forces from Cumberland Gap
, in that direction; and to remain upon the scout until they had found out something definite about his movements, in whatever direction.
Another order, received on the same day, directed that part of the regiment should operate with General John H. Morgan
in one of his scouting forays in the mountains.
On September 15 four companies of the 11th were sent into the Fox
or Sugar Hill Country, in Garrard County
, to hunt up, disperse or capture a little army of home guards and bushwhackers under the command of a man named King
, who was giving a great deal of trouble in that direction.
On the same day Lieutenant J. L. Wheeler
was assigned to the command of Winchester
and Clark County
with his company (C) and directed to suppress all bushwhacking and break up all communications with the enemy, and to take away the arms of the Winchester
home guards and parole the men.
It was in such arduous and perilous work as scouting, fighting bushwhackers, etc., that the young regiment of raw recruits received its baptism of fire, as well as its first military training, before the men were even instructed in the manual of arms or the simplest rudiments of drill and the school of the soldier; and in such work it continued until the retreat from Kentucky
Although assigned to Morgan
's Brigade, the regiment as a whole, did not join him before the retreat, and did not go out of Kentucky
with him on the retreat.
went out of the State
by way of Versailles
, etc., to Gallatin, in Sumner County