|Object Name||Letter, Original|
|Date||June 23, 1861|
|Scope & Content||
Letter: Possible partial original letter. No salutations. Head Quarters. June 23, 1861
June 23rd /61
The party who left here yesterday morning to the aid of Capt. Cable returned last evening about 1o'clock. They reported having been in our engagement, with the Secessionists about ten miles from here, but they immediately fled on the appearance of our troops. The House in which they were in, was a large brick building and strongly fortified having a brick wall on the top and covered with heavy planks. In the wall were port holes from which they might before they fired on Cables men. The secessionists fled to the hills and mountains and concealed themselves in the grass, and behind sacks, and as our men approached the house, they were fired at and two of them slightly wounded. the guide was also surrounded, but not dangerously. Our men stood the fire, and went and took possession of the House. After examining it, the found no papers or any importance. They confiscated some property of his, 2 horses, one spring wagon, several beds, window curtains, hams re
He was the wealthiest man in that part o f the country, and had most a beautiful residence. It was handsomely furnished, fine Brussells carpet and had also a splendid piano. Before they left they burnt the residence and all out buildings. The Adjutant ordered them not to set fire to it, but the boys were so exasperated at the wounding of three comrades they were bound to have revenge.
On their return, a man came riding up and joined the party, and it was supposed he was send out as a spy to see in which direction we were going and attack us.
The Lieutenant asked him if was a Union man, he said no he was secessionist, and was proved of it, he was ten taken a prisoner and ordered (?) to attempt to escape or he would be killed. He as placed in front of the rear guard, and as they were coming leisurely along, he wheeled his horse, and attempted to escape when the command to fire was instantly given, and he was pierced with about 20 bullets and rolled off his horse dead. The men left him being in the road with his face on the ground. This morning firing is heard us that deductions Capt. Dodd is there with his company and it is supposed his is making an attack on another party. In about one week there will be a great battle fought right hear in this place.