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67 Series I Volume XVI-I Serial 22 - Morgan's First Kentucky Raid, Perryville Campaign Part I


justice and is deserving of rebuke. It is for this reason mainly that I make this mention of it.

It is not my purpose to comment on the paper itself. I will not correct its representation of facts nor weigh its criticisms, though they are for the most part in conflict with themselves and with my review of the subject. Its most prominent feature is an effort to sustain a statement made by Gov. Andrew Johnson, which I had denounced, to the effect that I was prevented by his expostulations from abandoning Nashville in the fall of 1862. I shall leave that question where the evidence places it, without going into further personal statements.

I request that you will be good enough to let this communication accompany the records of the Commission, and I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,



CINCINNATI, December 1, 1862.

Colonel W. H. LYTLE (a witness for the Government), being duly sworn by the judge-advocate, testified as follows:


Question. What is your position in the service of the United States, colonel?

I have been in the three-months' service, but was commissioned in the three-years' service on our about June 6, 1861.

Question. Will you state to the court what part of that time you were in service under command of Major-General Buell in Tennessee and Kentucky?

I reported for duty in the Department of the Ohio on or about January 2, 1862.

Question. You will please state to the court what you know of the operations of General Buell at the time of the invasion of the State of Kentucky by General Bragg.

I can only give the movements of that portion of the army with which I was connected. On the 31st of August, 1862, I was in command at Hunstville, Ala., and under orders from General Buell conducted on that day the evacuation of the town. My orders were to make Shelbyville inside of four days. I made the march inside of two days and a half. I camped 4 miles from Nashville on the evening of September 5, having halted nearly a day at Murfreesborough for orders. From thence we marched to Perryville via Louisville.

Question. During that time what division were you attached to?

I commanded the Seventeenth Brigade of General Rosecrans' division.

Question. State to the Commission what you know of General Bragg's position during the march of the rebels.

I was not specially informed as to his movements, my attention being directed generally to my own command. I had the general idea that Bragg was marching in a direction parallel, or nearly so, to that of our own army.

Question. Could you point out the parallel movement of General Bragg.

I am not able to do so; I had no opportunity at the time to observe.

Question. Do you know anything, colonel, about the surrender and failure at Munfordville?

I know nothing of it; I know only of the movements of my own command.