The boys christened the school house ‘Fort McCreary,’ but it did not last long, for the Federals
crossed the river that night and burned it.
On February 19 Colonel Cluke
passed near Albany
, starting on his raid to Eastern Kentucky
He delivered orders from General Morgan
for Colonel Chenault
to furnish him two companies from the 11th Kentucky, to go on the raid; and Captain Terrill
's and Captain Dickens
' companies were detailed for that purpose.
After that date the field of picket duty for the 11th Kentucky Cavalry was extended so as to include Wayne County
, as well as Cinton.
On March 7 Colonel Chenault
, with a great part of his regiment, went to reinforce General Pegram
at Beaver Creek
, marching by way of Maynardsville
and Racoon Valley
; and on the 10th they rejoined the regiment at Monticello, in Wayne County
At this time and place Colonel Chenault
mustered into his regiment a company of men who had been recruited for it during the time it had been in Clinton
and Wayne Counties
On March 19 Major McCreary
crossed the Cumberland River
in a horse-trough, with a few men, and marched two miles through the rain to capture a Federal picket.
He took two men, and lost one of his own.
After taking station in Kentucky
on January 22, and up to April 1, 1863, a period of about sixty days, the regiment lost seventeen men by ‘brain fever,’ among them Captain Willis F. Spahr
and Lieutenant Charles H. Covington
In this disease of brain fever, the men were suddenly seized with intolerable pains in the back of the head; and, after suffering intensely for a few hours, they invariably died.
A case of recovery from it was unknown.
About this time General Pegram
made an unsuccessful raid into Central Kentucky
, going as far as Danville
He was badly defeated at Somerset
, as he was retreating.
The Federal forces were pressing him sorely; his troops were much scattered and demoralized, and many were captured.
It is probable that nearly all of them would have been captured, except for the fact that (April 1) Colonel Chenault
marched his regiment to the Cumberland River
and protected the crossing of Pegram
never forgave Colonel Chenault
for this kindness,