From this place Colonel Chenault
wrote (April 24) to General Morgan
: ‘I have the honor to report to you that we are yet on this side of the Cumberland
, and safe from the Yanks.
moved on Sunday without giving me any notice, and left the front unprotected.
I immediately sent out pickets and found that the enemy had crossed the river, but found the ford too deep for artillery, and consequently recrossed before my pickets reached the river.
I learn from Colonel Morrison
that there are three regiments of Yanks
, and that they are scattered all along down the river.
I sent a scout across the river night before last; they went eight miles, but found no enemy.
I will give you all the news we get. My impression is that the enemy intends to cross the river soon.’
On April 28 he again wrote to General Morgan
, from Monticello
: ‘I have just returned from Mill Springs
The enemy have crossed at Morrins', and I have been skirmishing with them all day. I have just received a note from Major McCreary
that they have crossed at Green's Creek
, and he is skirmishing with them in that direction.
We will fall back to the forks of the road, at Mr. Schull
's, tonight, and await their movements.
General, if possible, help us.’
On April 29 General Pegram
reported to General Joe Wheeler
that he had ‘assumed command of the regiments of Colonels Cluke
whilst they remain in Clinton
and Wayne Counties
On the same day Colonel Chenault
reported to General Morgan
, from camp on Jimtown Road, eight miles from Monticello
: ‘As previously reported, the enemy crossed the Cumberland
in force yesterday at two points.
We skirmished with them until dark last night; lost no men except four sick and four pickets.
I will fall back to a point near Albany
where they cannot flank me from Burkesville
, as I learn from Colonel Morrison
that there was heavy cannonading at Celina
on the 25th.
He is still at Albany
Major R. S. Bulloch
is with me, with Cluke
On May 1 Colonel Chenault
sent two dispatches to General Morgan
, who was then at Sparta, Tenn.
The first was from Monticello
: ‘The enemy are on this side of the river, and pressing hard upon me—three regiments of infantry and one of cavalry.
Without help I shall not be able to hold this point ’