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

Page 96 KY., M. AND E.TENN.,N.ALA., AND SW.VA. Chapter XXVIII.

is 10 miles. My battery was on an elevation west of the town. That is the position my batteries occupied, supported by Carlin's brigade, with six or seven guns in position there.

(Map produced as furnished by General Buell on the night of the 8th*.)

Question. What prevented you from holding Perryville?

I did hold it. I advanced to Perryville.

Question. What was there to prevent the army moving forward to Danville?

I do not know of anything. Next morning, on the 9th, I was ordered to proceed to Good-Night Springs, and found on the field 2,000 stand of small-arms-on the road up and at Good-Night Springs-which I collected and turned over to General Gilbert's ordnance office.

Question. What would have been the effect of the army moving on to Danville instead of Harrodsburg?

We could have cut off the entire army by moving in that direction at the time I moved in the direction of Good-Night Springs.

By General TYLER:

Question. You supposed the enemy were whipped that night and had retreated?

General McCook told me he thought he had been a little worsted, but I thought we had done all that could be required of us on the right.


Question. Where were General Buell's headquarters during the action of the 8th?

It was back on this road, perhaps 2 1/2 miles from the battle-field. I could not tell definitely.

Question. Was there any severe fire of musketry?

Not very, till we got into Perryville, where we had a brisk skirmish; but the musketry was on General McCook's front. From half past two for an hour and a half we heard musketry. It was terrific.

Question. You marched to Perryville expecting to meet the enemy in force there?

I did. I think I reported to General Buell on the night of the 7th that I could have taken possession of the town that night. I do not recollect the remark he made, but the next night when I told him I occupied the town of Perryville he appeared surprised.

Question. Cannot you recollect the conversation that occurred between you and General Buell the evening before?

He said I was rash, intimating that I was exceedingly eager, but I could not recollect the exact words. I recollect very distinctly telling him that we could have entered the town, but the laughed and turned it off in some way. We had been skirmishing during the evening before the battle.

Question. Was General Buell at his headquarters during that engagement?

I do not know. General Buell was thrown from his horse.

General BUELL. I authorize the witness to state that I was at my headquarters.

The WITNESS. General Buell was lame from the fall from his horse.

Question. To whom did you report the result of your fight?

To General Buell at least as late as 9 o'clock at night. The fight was over about


*Not found.


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