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Series 1 Volume XXX; Part 2

SEPTEMBER 20-30, 1863. - Expedition from Paducah., Ky., to McLemoresville, Tenn.



 
 
Report of Report of Col. James S. Martin, One hundred and eleventh Illinois Infantry.
 
HEADQUARTERS COMMANDER POST,
Paducah, Ky., September 30, 1863.
 

GENERAL: I have the honor to submit the following report of the expedition under my command from the 20th instant to the present date: I left this post on Sunday, the 20th; joined expedition at Mayfield, Ky., at 12 m. The information gained from the Union men in that vicinity was that Faulkner, Bell, and Greer were at Paris, Tenn., with their forces, estimated at 800, and that they were raiding between that place and Murray. I started Major Waller; Fifteenth Kentucky Cavalry, with his command (116), with orders to proceed to Murray without delay, surround the town, and arrest any guerrillas or thieves he might find, and to ascertain the movements and intentions of the rebels, and then to join the main force at Boydsville on the eve of the 21st instant; also to leave the impression on the citizens of Murray that he was falling back on Mayfield.


Captain Knispel, Fourth Missouri Cavalry, with his command, having reported to me at 3 p. m., I immediately moved forward toward Boydsville, and camped 7 miles south of Mayfield; 21st, at 7 a. m., took up line of march. Captain Howe, Fourth Missouri Cavalry, with his command, reported and joined us 2 miles south of camp. Arrived at Boydsville at 4 p. m.; camped 2 miles east of the town. Major Waller arrived from Murray at 10 o'clock; reported that the rebels were in force at Paris, but could find none at Murray. A small squad had been there, but had fallen back to Paris. I also had a statement from Mr. Kelzoe, who left that place at 10 a. m., corroborating the information brought by Major Waller i 22d, Captain Catlin, with detachment One hundred and first Illinois Mounted Infantry, reported to me and joined my command, making all the forces that were sent out. Took up line of march at 4 o'clock a. m. After a forced march of 20 miles, we arrived at Paris at 2 p. m., made a charge upon the town with the Fourth Missouri Cavalry, but the rebels had succeeded in getting away, having left Paris at 2 p. m. on the 21st instant in the direction of Camden; also learned that their armed force was only 300, and they had between 200 and 300 conscripts, but all were mounted. (Hoping to catch them before they got across the Tennessee River, I immediately dispatched Lieutenant Colonel Black in command of 300 cavalry in pursuit of them, with orders to proceed to Camden, and thence to Tennessee River, and that if the rebels had got across the river, to proceed to Huntingdon with his command, and I would communicate with him at that point.


Colonel Black left Paris at 3 a. m. the 23d instant. I then sent out scouting parties in all directions from Paris to gather reliable information and pick up any stragglers they might find. My scouts returned at night; one squad brought in a deserter from Newsom's command, who reported that Newsom was advancing on Huntingdon to effect a junction with Colonel Faulkner. Also got information that Bell and Greer with the conscripts had crossed the Tennessee and that Faulkner had gone in the direction of Huntingdon. . I immediately ordered the whole command to be in readiness to march, and we left Paris at 5 a. m. the 24th, made a forced march of 23 miles, and camped 2 miles this side of Huntingdon. Sent a courier to Colonel Black and at midnight received a dispatch from him that Faulkner was encamped with his command at McLemoresville 9 miles from Huntingdon. I immediately started with all the mounted force, leaving orders with the infantry to proceed at daylight, and Joined Colonel Black at Huntindon and moved on McLemore's, arriving there at 6 a. m. Made a dash into the town and rebel camp, but learned that Faulkner had left at 10 o'clock the previous night; we were eight hours behind. Horses and men being tired, we encamped and awaited the arrival of the infantry forces. Sent out scouting parties on all the principal thoroughfares leading from the town, and learned that the rebels had taken the Jackson road and were making for the Spring Creek Bottoms. The infantry arrived at Huntingdon at 1 p. m.; command rested till 5 a. m. 26th, and took up the march for Dresden; camped within 5 miles of that place; 27th, 4 p. m., Captain Howe's detachment, Fourth Missouri Cavalry, and Captain Catlin's detachment, One hundred and first Illinois ounted Infantry, were ordered to proceed to Union City and report to commanding officer, and also to turn over stock taken by them to the post quartermaster. Expedition took up line of march at daybreak for Fulton Station, arriving there at sunset; 28th, Captain Knispel's detachment, Fourth Missouri Cavalry, were ordered to proceed to Columbus, Ky, and report. The infantry forces took the train and arrived at this post about dark. Major Waller, with his command, in charge of baggage train and captured property, came through the country and arrived here all safe at 10 this forenoon. Expedition consisted of the following commands:


Detachment One hundred and eleventh Illinois Infantry, Lieutenant-Colonel Black commanding, 17 commissioned, 310 enlisted; detachment Fifteenth Kentucky Cavalry, Major Waller commanding, 7 commissioned, 116 enlisted; detachment, one 6-pounder gun, Lieutenant Cunningham commanding, 1 commissioned, 15 enlisted; detachment Fourth Missouri Cavalry, Captain Howe commanding, 5 commissioned, 175 enlisted; detachment Fourth Missouri Cavalry, Captain Knispel commanding, 3 commissioned, 78 enlisted; detachment One hundred and first Illinois Mounted Infantry, Captain Catlin commanding, 4 commissioned, 123 enlisted.


The officers and men have been prompt and energetic in all the movements required of them, having averaged over 20 miles per day. There was but little sickness, hardly worth mentioning; all stood the march well. Three prisoners were taken, who will be forwarded to Columbus with the charges against them.


The following property was captured and pressed into the service during the scout: 23 mules, 23 horses, 17 old saddles, 8 single sets harness, 9 old bridles, 4 two-horse wagons, 5 old rifle guns, 2 old shot guns, and 1 Colt revolver, all of which has been turned over to the post quartermaster.


Captain Catlin pressed into his service before reporting to me the following property: 41 mules, 56 horses, and 4 wagons and harness, all of which I ordered him to turn over to quartermaster at Union City.


Respectfully, yours,


 
JAB. S. MARTIN.
Colonel lllth Illinois Infantry, Commanding Post.
 
Brig. Gen. A. J. SMITH,
Comdg. Sixth Div., 16th Army Corps, Columbus, Ky
 
 

 

 

 
Title: The war of the rebellion: a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies.
Series 1Volume XXX; Part 2 - Reports; Page 656 - 652
Chapter:XLII - Operations in Kentucky, Southwest Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Alabama, and North Georgia. August 11-October 19, 1863.
Author: United States. War Dept., John Sheldon Moody, Calvin Duvall Cowles, Frederick Caryton Ainsworth, Robert N. Scott, Henry Martyn Lazelle, George Breckenridge Davis, Leslie J. Perry, Joseph William Kirkley
Published: Washington: Government Printing Office
Date: 1890