Morgan again at work.
Information has been received that General Morgan
recently attacked a Yankee force in the neighborhood of Monticello, in Kentucky
, and severely whipped them, killing and wounding a number, and capturing some twenty-five others.
This was a portion of the enemy's force that some time ago engaged the command of Gen. Pegram
A correspondent of the Knoxville Register
under date of May 12, gives the following account of the affair:
having moved across the river at this place and driven out Gen. Pegram
's forces, Gen. Bragg
ordered Gen. Morgan
to move up from Liberty, Tenn.
, with his entire division, (except one regiment,) and "either capture or drive them back across the river."
The command was at once put in motion, and, having made a forced march of more than one hundred and twenty miles, swimming rivers and enduring all kinds of hardships, arrived in front of the Yankee
encampment, in what is known as the Horseshoe Bend
, last Saturday.
The General, with an advance of about 500 men, came upon a considerable force of the enemy some ten miles from the river, when a running fight commenced, which lasted until night, the enemy disputing the ground and retreating from tree to tree.
The next day the firing commenced early in the morning, and was kept up at intervals for about six hours, the Yankees
being strongly posted in the thick woods, with their flank protected by almost impassable ravines.
At about 2 o'clock the command made its appearance, and the General
prepared to make the attack.
A portion of Col. Cluke
's brigade, consisting of Cluke
's and Chenanlt
's regiments, supported by a portion of Col. Duke
's brigade, consisting of Ward
's, and Grigsby
's regiments, were ordered to advance, and the fight commenced by a terrific volley of musketry from the enemy, with plenty of grape, cannister, and shells from their cannon.
Nothing daunted, our brave boys never faltered, but madly pressed on, every one having made up his mind that the battery must be taken.
After a most desperate resistance of about fifty minutes, the Yankee
lines commenced giving way, and the battery seemed almost within our reach, but, thanks to Yankee horses and the tired condition of our men, they literally out-ran us and carried it off — The nature of the ground made it impossible to advance with any rapidity, as the growth of timber was very dense and the ground much broken.
The enemy continued to retreat until they reached the river, about four miles, where they succeeded in crossing, not without considerable loss of life; many of their men rushing madly into the river and drowning.
It was impossible to press them at the ferry, owing to the batteries of the enemy on the other side commanding the south bank for a mile, and effectually covering the ferry.
Our loss was severe, some twenty killed and quite a number seriously wounded by the shells of the enemy.
The enemy's loss was heavy, some thirty left dead upon the field and quite a number wounded.
We took twenty-five prisoners, representing five different regiments, besides releasing quite a number of citizens that the Yankees
were dragging from their homes.
The party of Yankees most severely punished were just returning from a house burning expedition; but few of them escaped the punishment they so richly deserved.