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In this way we were abundanIy led
at no expense.
After traveling through several
counties, and thinking ourselves out
of danger, we turned South, leaving
Lincolnton about twenty miles to our
left. After several days we fell into
the great swarm of Lee's army, mak
ing their way home. Near a little town
we met up with Gen. McGowan and
his staff, from this State, with sever
al hundred men of his brigade. The
general was naturally astonished at
seeing so many men under arms going
his way, and made enquiries as to its
meaning. Capt. J. F. J. Caldwell, of
his staff, long after the war, when
both were unknown tj each other, told
this joke on one of my men. His name
was John Miller, from away down in
the Fork, near Columbia. Miller was
a great duatterer and was slow of
speech. He was near the rear of my
command, when the general rode up
"What is the meaning of so many
men going home with guns, and who
is in command of the troops?"
Miller answered and said:
"It is Capt. Dickert's.''
"And who in the hell is Captain
Dick,ert?" asked the general.
Miller looked up in astonishment
and replied: "Why, you don't know
Capt. Diekert I Well, he is the smart
est man in the army. "
Clen. McGowan turned to Capt.
Caldwell and said:
'There is faith enough to remiove
We were some distance above Dal
las and were nearing a small range of
mountains, when a soldier from Lee's
army rode up 'and reported that a
regiment of Yankees were following
us and had been nearly all day. We
moved rapidly to the crest of a hill,
all covered with heavy timber, and
there I deployed the men in line of
battle and awaited -events. We heard
during th day that the fords in our
front, as high up as Newton, were
well guarded. So we found ourselves
between two forces of the enemy.
Those in our rear never came up. Why
we never knew, but we moved up to
the top of the mountain and took up
camp for a few days. until we could
learn something definite.
Some of th- men went out on a
foraging expedition next day, and at
an old Unionist house they ran up on
a squadron of Yankees from the pick
ets from beyond the river, whom the
old citizen was entertaining highly,
with a barrel of brandy in his bArn.
I had safeguarded my men, by writ
ing them paroles as Lee's soldiers, so
They had no trouble with the Yankee
troops, nor any difficulty in getting
brandy with greenbacks from the old
man. We were running short of pro
visions up on the mountain and on the
second day a fine fat hog came root
ing leisurely along through eamp.
Some of the men wanted to shoot it,
but I was afraid a'gun shot might
create suspicion. John Ferguson, from
Spartanburg, picked up a roek and
asked permission to kill it, assuring
me it would never squeal. He threw
at the hog, and it dropped without a
groan. It was soon cleaned, but how
was it to be cooked in the little mess
t.ins we had ? Some 'one remember
ed seeing a large wash pot about two
miles down the mountain, near where
the old eitizen with the barrel lived.
:A detail was mad'e and the pot was
lugged to the top of the mountain
and the hog cooked. I have wondered
often since what the parties thought
when they found their pot gone, and
what conclusions those came to who
found the pot up on the mountain.
We were compelled to cross the
river somehow and somew'here, so I
sent two trusty men doiwn to the ford,
or ferry, to see what information they
could gain. The old miller, who lived
at the ferry, a rank Southerner, in
formed the men thast there were about
fifty Yankee cavalrymen on the other
side of the river, with perhaps a half
dozen kept on this side as pickets. He
didn 't see much chance of our slip
ping by the soldiers, but several hun
dred yards above the river was shal
low and shoaly, and he thought we
could cross without much danger. We
concluded to- cross there that night,
surround the Yankee camp, fall upon
and stampede them and then secure
their horses and make our way South.
In the scattered and demoralized state
of the Yankee army there would have
been little chance for them to over
Early in the night we began our
march. on the hazardous expedient of
erosegw a strong river in the face of
kan alert enemy. The moon was up,
but fleeting clouds obscured it most
of the time. When we neared the
river the loud roaring of fhe water
falling over the rocks, the thought of
blundering through this unknown. un
eertain stream with what lay beyond
ne, ruade some of the men feel quite
"creepy.' W\hen at last we reached
the point where t he old millie'r had(
a ma hea The men began to mur
mur. especia.iY tLOse wuo''UC could nol
swim. and even to those who could
it looked dangerous, out over that
dark expanse of roaring water.
So we failed here and some other
method had to be found to cross the
river. We had been told the pickets
kept a. bateau on this side, and in all
probability their bivouac was some
little distance from the water's edge.
Marching the men back to the old mill
I halted them in the shadows of some
trees. along the side of the road. and
taking Frank Wesson, from Union
county, with me. we started out to
reconnoiter, and if possible, slip the
the boat from the pickets, drop down
the river, and when far enough down
to be out of danger, we would put all
the men over. Frank Wesson was a
stalwart young man, brave as the
bravest, reckless of his life, and al
ways ready for dangerous adventures,
-the very kind of man anyone would
have chosen for such a mission. We
cautiously crept around the Yankee
bivouac, but could not find a boat,
search as we would. We could have
easily, with what men I had, over
powered the guard, and crossed over,
but I discovered a sentiment among
some of the men to take no further
risks with the Federal soldiers. While
creeping around in the dark, we heard
a horse neigh in a lot to our left. This
seemed strange and unusual, for a
horse to be there, away by itself.
While investigating we discovered two
horses hitched to a low tumble-down
fence, in a few feet of an out-house,
and between them, rolled up in their
blankets, but faces uncovered were
two Yankee videttes. These had been
sent out as a guard to protect those at
the river from surprise, and instead
of guarding, they had gone to sleep.
The mountairs all around were full of
desperate characters, deserters, run
aways from the conscript law, outlaws
from everywhere-and these two men,
twho were trusted with the lives of
their comrades had gone to sleep and
deserved death. They would have been
shot by any military tribunal. Wesson
crawled up to within two feet of them,
with a cocked rifle in his hands, ready
for emergencies, while I untied one
of the horses and led it up the fence
and hitched. Then I took the post
of guarding, while Wesson untied. the
other horse. All this time the horse I
had untied was kicking up a terrible
racket, and either of us could have
toehed the sleeping troopers with our
hands. Why they did not wake up, I
nev er could undertsand. Whether they
were really asleep, or whether they
were wide awake, and saw themselves
treped and feigned sleep as the safer
poiley, it is a question I could never
solve. But I have always thought the
faces of those two videttes would have
been a study next morning when they
discovered their horses gone,when they
had been tied so safely and to near.
their heads. Anyway, Wesson and I
had two as fine horses as were stolen
in Georgia. Wesson 's was a fine cream
gelding, and mine an iron gray, and
they had splendid new saddles and
bridles, and a pair of pistols to each
The men were taken back to our old
amp on the mountains, and there we
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I knew well enough that in the
morning when the Yankees found that
there had been such bold prowlers
about. there would be something do
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Most of the married men were anx
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left of their homes. so I decided to
write paroles for the men as coming
from Lee's army, and hide our guns
to be gotten at some futura time. I
set Sergt. Werts. who now lives
across the river, in Saluda. and two
others, to writing paroles, and I sign
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started Lieut. Huffman on my horse,
and Wesson on his, up by Newton,
thirty miles up the river, while the
men began hiding their guns under
logs and rubbish. It was a sad moment
for the men, this leaving of their
guns, for a soldier loves his rifle as
a mother her child.
To guard against suspicion. we all
went singing and yelling down to the
river with each a forged parole in his
pocket, but when we reached the ford
we were as much surprised as the
two Yankees were the night before. Not
a Yankee was on either side of the
river, and the. old Miller told us they
had all left that night and gone in the
direction of Newton; that they had
-received a fearful fright that night
about something; that they had taken
his old Dobbins, two mounting him,
and then ridden away, saying, "Come
to Newton and you can get your old
horse." We had a pretty good idea
what caused the commotion. But,
should the parties from whom we got
the horses, run up on Lieut. Huffman
and Wesson riding them, would not
there have been a lively discussion?
But they got through safely.
'Since the coast was now all clear,
we went back and got the guns, and
tapped the old Unionist's barrel for
several gallons. and started again for
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the head-waters of Broad river.
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par oftheriver, but when we came
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the helm and guided the -riekety boat
through the swift sluices, strong chan
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the army of the Trans-Mississippi
ihad disbanded, that the Confederacy
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