's Regiment, which was the largest in Morgan
's command, and perhaps the largest that ever went into the Confederate
service from Kentucky
, left Richmond
on October 18, 1862, and retreated with the forces of General Kirby Smith
by way of the Big Hill route across the mountains of Tennessee
, and so had no opportunity to engage in the battle of Perryville
However, they had plenty of skirmishing with bushwhackers, as well as other rough experiences by the way.
The regiment remained with Smith
until the latter part of November, when it joined Morgan
's Brigade (to which it belonged) near Lebanon, Tenn.
On November 20, 1862, the Confederate
War Department issued an order assigning Chenault
's Regiment to General Abram Buford
's Cavalry Brigade, which was to be dismounted.
This was done by instigation of General Bragg
, whose hatred of all Kentuckians was notorious, and who did everything in his power to annoy and humiliate them.
He was constantly endeavoring to have Morgan
's whole force dismounted and made infantry, and it required great vigilance on the part of General Morgan
and his friends to prevent this being done.
Notwithstanding the fact that Chenault
's Regiment was officially assigned to Buford
's Brigade as early as November 20, 1862 (at which time its designation was changed from 7th Kentucky Cavalry to 11th Kentucky Cavalry), Morgan
had sufficient influence to keep the regiment under his own command, and it never was a part of Buford
's Brigade, only nominally.
Soon after joining Morgan
, the Eleventh was prominently engaged in the biggest fight it ever took part in—the battle of Hartsville
—one of Morgan
's greatest and most brilliant victories.
This battle was fought on December 9, 1863—Chenault
's Regiment having then been in the service exactly three months. Numerous accounts of the battle have been published, and it is not my intention to add another.
's Regiment was posted in a prominent position and took a very important part in the fight, where his men behaved like veterans and contributed materially toward securing the victory.
The regiment, attacking obliquely on the flank, drove the enemy, who were greatly superior to them in numbers, for nearly half a mile,