Home Journal, 1929
Old Soldiers Tell of Forrest's Raid
Three Veterans Marched With Cavlery Wizard to Relief of Murfreesboro
Three members of General Nathan Bedford's cavalry, who
made a forced
march from McMinnville to Murfreesboro between sunset and sunrise to
25 or more citizens or soilders held under death sentence in
the jail here
related interesting accounts of that stirring event to attendants at
reunion last Friday.
James F. Knox, 83 of Bell Buckle and Baxter R. Hoover
86 of Hoover's Gap
members of Company E Fourth Tennessee Cavalry, and W.N. Byrn, 84 Milton,
member of Forrest's escort, participated in the surprise attack at
which relased Murfreesboro, for a short time, from the hold of federal
that numbered more than a thousand.
Mr. Hoover told of beginning the all-night march at McMinnville
courier informed General Forrest of the intended execution of Murfreesboro
citizens at daybreak the following day. A stop was made at Readyville
the early morning hours where residents served Forrest's men with hot
Pointing to a number of bullet holes in the walls of the
Knox told his intrested listeners that he helped put them there.
with the other mmembers of Company E. he came to Murfreesboro from
McMinnville and Marched down what is now East Main street to the court
This they found to be full of Federal soldiers who opened fire
on them. Mr.
Knox said, " We then went in and captured every one of them then went
jail nearby and released a number of prisioners."
The story teller related an interesting incident which
after the close of the war. The soldiers had been ordered to
Confederate uniforms by the victors. He was riding his
Murfreesboro one day when he was approched by a captin of the Federal
with 40 men who asked him in rough language why he was still wearing
grey." To this he replied that he had no other clothes and did
money to buy any. The captain then threatened to cut the uniform
Mr Knox told him that he would kill him if he tried it and that the
could then burn him if they wanted to but no one was going to take
uniform from him.
Mr. Knox had an army pistol that he smuggled out with
him at the time and
he informed the captain that he was able to make his threat good.
captain then ordered his men to take Mr. Knox in chrge. This
order was met
with the words, "Your soldiers may arrest me, but they will never live
home." They too refused to lay hands on Mr. Knox and he was finally
to continue his ride.
At the time the above incident occured the narrator was
only 19 years
old. He joined the Confederate army in 1861 soon after the war
when he was but 15 years of age. He was sworn in the army in
room of the present courthouse there. He was in some of the hardest
of the war and can recall may interesting occurances.
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