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By 0. G.
Those who have beet reading this
story of one of the greatest of -For
rest's wonderful achievements, mtist
not fail to follow it to a finish, in the
next issue. Our last chapter left the
contending forces .not far from Rome.
If Streight had reached Rome there
would have been great daiger of thc
fall of Chattanooga, and disaster to
Bragg's army.
As to Streight's hopes of reachIng
Rome and destroying the bridge 'be
hind him, and getting some rest for
ilIs worn-out men and horses, the nar
atLive says: "But alas for all such
hope! The relentless hand which had
smote him for three successive (lays
and nights, and banished sleep fron
his worn-out cavalcade, wis striking
at him yet, and had no thought of giv
ilg 1im r espite. Streight, in fact, nyas
not- allowea to stop at Gadssden. As
he approached the town, he surround
ed It in order to corral all the horses
and mules liclonging to the citizens.
Impressing these, 'he set fire to several
houses containing small quantities of
commissaries, and then moved onward
wit'h all speed :possible to his mules
andmen. All now physically exhaust
ed, and the latter mentally dispirited
yet ready to 'ight.
If the state of the -Hoosier Colonel's
men andl horses was so deplorable
from fatigue and loss of sleep, what
must have beenthe condition of those
who were pursuing him? Forrest's
men had had no opportunities of ob
taining fresh horses and mules when
their's succumbed to the terrible
strain to which they '.vere subjected.
The Federals had swsept the country
-clean of livestock as they marched,
and in this, as in the tremendous tacti
cal advantage of the ambuscade, they
'had the Confederate leader at great
disadvantage. Many of his men had
not tasted food in tw'pnty-four hours,
and a number fell f iin their horses
from sheer exhaustiohi, and slept by
the road-side as their comrades rode
almost over their seemingly lifeless
ibodies. -De'pite the inspiring exam
ple of the idolized leadel', who did
more work and .fighting than any sub
ordinate-and notwithstanding the de
tails-whose duty it iyas to keel) the
'men awake, rouse up the sleepers and
put them on their horses, F6rrest's
command had crumbled away to a
mere remnant. From.1 A. M. on,April
29th to noon of May 2nd they had
marched 119 miles and fought almnost
without cessation, nnd-still the strong
est of them pushed on in desperate
emulation of their indominayle leader.
Edmondson and Anderson were not
yet up--and did not get up -utnil.after
the surrender. Their duty was to prc
vent 'Streight frem i escaping north
ward And they were doing it. -His ever'
faithful ai d efficient escort, now re
duced to about forty effectives, some
twenty of the remnant of his broth
er's scouts, and not over five hundred
of Starre's and fliffle's rAginmenta (hs
entire command), made unp the full
-(luota of the troops with which . he
marched east of G1adsden. In front of
him, and fleeing in despalir, wvere more
than twice as many bravo and -picked
men of the enemy. Fromn Gadsden on,
Streight says, "The enemy followed
closely, and kept up a continuous
* skirmish with the rear of the column,
until 4 P. 31' at' wvhich time we reach
ed fllount's -plantation, fifteen miles
from Gadsden, "whore we procured
foriage 'for our animails. E-Iere I de
cided to halt. The com4'iand 'was dis
mnounted, a detail made- to feed thi
horses and mules, 'while the- balance
of the command formed in line of bat
tl14 Meanwhile the roarn-guard 'be
came severely engaged and was driv
en In."/
-'Forrest, continuing his 'tactics o1
cworrying 'hia antagonist, and knowing
'the perilous weitness of his own com
so do milce, once they est RAT-SNAP
And they0 leave no 6,dor, behind
Den tae. urwofrd for It-try a
package.. Cats and dogs won'I to el
it. Rats pass uip all food to gtT
&MIP. Three 8130s.' .
.s ,e~t 1 ehoe oe
' Ill , a tor.Cdell
'4 s ( oaeO,
00p or( Ii
mand, advanced his sharp-shooters and
made all possi'ble show of strength
and of assault. This he kept uip vig
orously until (lark. Col. 'Streight had
set a skillful and dangerous anbus
cade in which he' hoped to entral) his
enemy and destroy him, but such cun
ning was as native to the Confedorate
leader as to his adversary, and -he did
not take the bate. In this affair
I Streight's right-hand man, bravo
Colonel Gilbert ilHathaiway, fell wound
ed, and expired in a 'few minutes, from
a caubine bullet fired by a sharp
shooter, Private Joseph iMartfin. The
death of Hathaway sealed the doon
of the raiders. The Federal command
er says: "lls loss to me was irrepara
and when he fell it cast a deep gloom
and when he fell it cast a deep golom
of despondency over his regiment
which was hard to overcome. We
remained in ambush but a short time,
when the enemy, who 'by some means
had learned of our whereabouts, corn
'menced a flank movement. I then de
cided to iwthdraw as silently as .pos
On throughout the night struggled
this plucky remnant of Rosecran's
picked 'band of raiders. Bragg's im
portant communication between 'Ohat
tanooga and Atlanta looked very sasfe
now, 'but these men were dying game
ly. Forrest was at last sure of his
'quarry, providedl he could keep his
reninant from destruction by anbush.
'From Oadsden,,by a parallel route, he
had despatched, on horseback, to go
right through to 'Rome, a courier who
would arrive there in good time to
warn the citizens to guard or burn the
bridge, and thus stop the raiders short
of their spoil. It was too great a dan
ger, with his handful of .men, to risk
a night 'ight, with all the advantage
on the other side. Therefore, picking
out a squpdron of his 'best mounted
troopers to follow on and-"devil them
all night,"lie gave his men their first
night's rest since leaving Courtland.
Forres's foresight in hurrying a
courier to Rome was not the least im..
portant of his brilliant moves in this
campaign, and was well timed. Col.
John H. Windom outdid Paul Revere
in this famous ride.
Near Turkeytown, eight miles east
of Gaddden, at nightfall of LMay '2nd,
Streight picked out 200 of his ;best
'mounted men of his command, and,
iplacing them under Ca-ptain 1ilton
Riusdell, ordered him to hurry on to.
Rome and sieze and hold the bridge un
til die could get there with the main
Captain tRussoll pushed on, crossed
the Chattooga river in a sinall fqrry
boat, and on the 3rd approached the
city to find the bridge 'barricaded and
defended 'by a strong compan7 of
home guards. He concluded not. to
attack, and sent word 'back to his
chief of the condition of affairs. Mean
while sthings were going desperately
with\Streight, without regard to us
sell's failure, of swhich as yet lhe was
in ignorance.
With heroic ,persis'tence lie urgedI his
weary) sleepy and worn-out cavaleadle
'by starlight, Andl by the moon 4ihen
it came out, as far as 'the Chattooga
ri%,er, where Captain 'Russell 'had
crossed. Alas! his subordinate hid
not left a guard to hold, the ferryboat
andi some citizens, by this time, ap
lprhzed of the warlike character of the
soldierf who had used it,'"had spairited
the boat away to paits undiscoverable.
Many a man would have 'given up in
despair at this moment, ibut Abel D,
Streight ws not that sort of a man.
Several miles"'distant -up this stream
there was a br'idge, and 'Moses-liko, he
led his people .thitheniward, arnd verily
through a 'wilderies. tHe says: "We
had to ,gss over an old coal-chopping
for sdveral miles, where, the timb~er
had been cut ,anid hauled off for char
coal, leaving innlumeralble wagon roads
runtiing in every direction,'. The corn
matid, waL so Worn out and qx'hausted
th~at 'many Were .assleep, an'd in splite
of every 'extrtion. I, with. the aid .or
such of my ,offleers as were abile for
duty, could lpace, the. c3ommlated be
came scattered, and separated in soy
oral squiads, ti'aveling in 'several dif
ferent direopIs. and ,it was, not unt$i
tiear daylight that thelast' of the comA~
muand lead 'ct'essed tlie river."
(T olbe Contitinedd)
District Court of the United States.
Western District of South Carolina.
In the matter of Ben. F. Copeland.
'Pursuant to an order of E. Al.
Blythe, Esquire, Referee In Bankrupt
I will offer for sale at putblic outcry
cy, dated ie 6th any of April, 1922,
for cash, to the highest bidder, subject
to the apIroval of the court, at the
Court IHouse door, Lauiens, In thc
County of Laurens and State of 'South
Carolina, on salesday, the first day of
lay, 1922, at eleven o'clock in thc
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All that certain tract, pcice, or par
ICel of landi situato, lying and being
III the County of latureons, Stato of
ISi'uti1 Caroli a, containing 190 92-100
teres, more or less, and bounded on
the ntorth ad east by lands or J. W.
C. Bell, and on the south 'by lands now
or formerly 'belonging to kjetch Bell,
ani on the est by public road from
Alenno to Shady G4rove church, anid be
ling known as the home place of 13. -P.
'Copeland, ait Renno1, S. C.
Tliis tract of land will :be sold sub
ject. to the lien of a mortgage to the
Federal Land Bankc of Columibla, S.
C., dated June 7th, 1913, for $3,500.00,
and interest accrued from December
1st, 1920.
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Sat i tract of land was appraised 'I
at $1 1,715.00.I
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offer for sale on the terms above stat- I
ed three lots In the Town of Renno,
one -lot containing 9-10 of an itcre,.1
more or less; one lot containing 1 3--4 1
acres; and one lot containing 22-100 s
acres, lbeing the propertv of the said
Pursuant to the order of the Court r
in this matter I will also offer for sale c
at public outcry, for cash, to the high- c
est bidder, suhject to the approval of
the court on the above described farm o
at Renno, In adl county and state, at t
four o'clock VP. ci., May .1st, 1922, the
personal property of the said Bank- 4
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wagon, (Wagoin gears, Corn, cotton
ced, I )dLCval .Milking M.achine, 3
orse-power gasoline engiie, 2 milk
oparators, 1 Chalmers automdbile,
low stock, (Ise and turn plows, cot
on planter, shreader, grain drill,
ower, and rake and engine, and oth
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