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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 8.82 (search)
ration of Colonel Faulkner, the expedition would have resulted most successfully. Remaining at and near New Albany until the 17th, Captain Thomas Puryear, of Colonel Bartean's Second Tennessee regiment, with a detachment of twelve selected men, accompanied by the staff officer, already mentioned, was instructed to penetrate the ening the night (not withdrawing his pickets), taking the direction of Rockyford, on the Tallahatchie river. He was overtaken by the advance of my troops under Colonel Bartean and Captain Earle (who marched all night), and attacked in the cane-brake swamp of the Atchchubby-paliah, before reaching the Tallahatchie. Arriving on the ftermination, and after final dispositions were made, gave evidence of their ability to drive greater numbers than were then opposed to them from the field. Colonel Bartean's Second Tennessee, Colonel Boyle's First Alabama, and Captain Earle's Second Alabama regiments of cavalry vied with each other in pressing the enemy home, wh
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Forrest's operations against Smith and Grierson. (search)
o whip them again. Considering the disparity in numbers, discipline and drill, I consider it one of the most complete victories that has occurred since the war began. After the enemy succeeded in reaching the hills between Okalona and Pontotoc, the resistance of the enemy was obstinate, compelling me frequently to dismount my advance to drive them from favorable positions defended by the broken condition of the country. About three hundred men of the Second Tennessee cavalry, under Colonel Bartean, and the Seventh Tennessee cavalry, Colonel Duckworth, received the repeated charges of seven regiments of the enemy in open ground; drove them back time after time, finally driving them from the field, capturing three stand of colors, and another piece of their artillery. A great deal of the fighting was almost hand to hand, and the only way I can account for our small loss is, the fact that we kept so close to them that the enemy overshot our men. Owing to the broken down and exhaust
The fighting in Mississippi. Demopolis, Feb. 26. --Later intelligence from Mississippi says that Gen. Forrest's forces, during the recent engagement near Okolona, did not exceed two thousand, whilst that of the enemy is estimated at 10,000:Late in the evening of the 22d the latter formed three separate lines and made a desperate stand. They made three charges, in each of which they recalled and were driven back with great slaughter. Many of them passed through our lines and were captured. The next morning the road was lined with sutlers' stores, dead horses, and Yankees. Gen. Forrest's command was too tired to continue the pursuit. Gen. Gholson, with six or 700 State troops, arrived, and went in pursuit. Many of the enemy's wounded fell into our hands. Among our wounded is Col. Bartean, of Bell's brigade, severely in the breast. Gen. Gholson captured many prisoners, small arms, sabres, saddles, and was pursuing their routed columns above Pontotoe.
rs fought heroically, and with reckless desperation. Col Thompson, with his Kentucky brigade, and Col Barteau, commanding the 2d Tennessee cavalry, pressed forward to within thirty yards of the fort, and held this position for more than four hours and a half. But the loss incurred in this dangerous and critical position did not repay the advantages gained. Col Thompson was killed, and Lieut Col Crossland, of his command, badly wounded. Lieut. Col Morton, Capt McKnight and Capt Reeves, of Bartean's command, were severely and dangerously wounded. Others were killed and wounded, though it is not thought our entire loss will exceed sixty. The enemy acknowledges a loss of fifty four killed in the fort and over a hundred wounded. None were shot lower than the neck or shoulders. All the gunners were picked off at one gun on the fort. Gen. Forrest's escort encountered one of the gunboats and killed a number of the gunners, and kept it at bay for nearly half an hour. Eighty one prisone
The Daily Dispatch: July 6, 1864., [Electronic resource], Forrest's great fight — the victory greater than reported. (search)
though not half as large as that of the enemy, was at once, and unexpectedly to the enemy, concentrated on the Mobile and Ohio road and just in time to head him at Brice's cross roads, six miles from Baldwyn. Skirmishing began about 8 o'clock in the morning by Col. Rucker; Col. Johnson soon came up and assisted to hold the enemy in check; Col. Lyon, with his Kentucky brigade, came in before 12 o'clock, and Col. Bell's gallant brigade — with the exception of the 2d Tennessee, commanded by Col. Bartean, who was sent to the enemy's rear — reached the field at 1 o'clock. The enemy seemed frustrated by this sudden resistance on his front, yet pushed vigorously for forward and endeavored to overrun our forces.--The fighting for the next three hours was severe, and charge after charge was made, column after column was hurled with headlong imperiously by the enemy against us, and by us against the enemy. At 4 o'clock the 2d Tennessee had reached the rear of the enemy, and made a furious atta