were issued, which rescinded the order of November 20, 1862, assigning his regiment to Buford
The order concluded with these words: ‘This regiment will remain, as heretofore, with the brigade under Brigadier-General John H. Morgan
. Colonel Chenault
will immediately proceed from this city to Tullahoma, Tenn.
, and report accordingly.’
It was during this visit to Richmond
that Colonel Chenault
had the portrait made of which the cut accompanying this sketch is a reproduction.
According to his orders, he proceeded from Richmond
, and reported what had been done to General Morgan
, and then rejoined his regiment at Albany, Kentucky
From January 25 until February 15 the regiment scouted and picketed the roads in every direction.
The men had good rations and forage, with comfortable quarters, but the duty was heavy and severe, the whole regiment being on guard duty every two days. ‘Tinker Dave’ Beatty
annoyed them so much that a chain picket had to be established around the entire town every night.
' Regiment (Federal) was at Creelsboro
, twelve miles distant, and Wolford
's Brigade was at Burksville
, fourteen miles distant. The 11th Kentucky then had about 600 effective men, the others being sick or dismounted, and was 120 miles from support.
It was only by the greatest vigilance and activity that they could maintain their position and do the immense amount of scouting and picketing that was required of them.
On February 10, 1863, the scouts brought in some newspapers from which it was learned that Colonel Frank Wolford
would make a speech in Burkesville
on the 12th.
Early on the morning of that day Major McCreary
started from Albany
with two companies; and, on approaching Burkesville
, formed his men behind a hill, and from the bushes near the river watched the assembling of the crowd at the courthouse to hear the speaking.
There was a guard of soldiers at the ferry, within 400 yards of the courthouse.
charged with his men, on foot, to a school house immediately on the banks of the river, and from there drove the dismounted pickets away from their horses, and broke up the speaking in tremendous disorder.
Seven of the Federal
troops were killed or wounded.