31, On the Death of Zollicoffer.
First in the fight, and first in the arms
Of the white winged angels of glory,
With the heart of the South at the feet of God,
And his wounds to tell the story!
The blood which flowed from this hero heart,
On the spot where he nobly perished,
Was drank by the earth as a sacrament,
In the holy cause he cherished.
In Heaven, a home with the brave and best,
And for his soul's sustaining,
The Apocalyptic eyes of Christ!
And nothing on earth remaining
But a handful of dust in the land of his choice,
A name in song and story,
And fame to shout, with her trumpet voice,
Died on the field of Glory!
Chattanooga Daily Rebel, January 31, 1863.
31, Guerrilla raid on railroad in the Richland Woods
GALLATIN, February , 1863.
Col. C. GODDARD, Assistant Adjutant-Gen.:
At dusk last evening [January 31] an outlaw by the name of Peddicord, with 40 men, tore up four or five rails in the Richland Woods, about 14 miles from here. They were attempting to burn a cattle guard on the road, when 15 men of the One hundred and twenty-ninth Illinois approached. The rebels ran. They were dressed in our overcoats. I have 350 men after them, and I expect to hear that the rebels fell off their horses and broke their necks. Fifty or more citizens collected at the place with the rebels, to look on, aid, and assist. I propose to make an example of some of them. The trains are running.
E. A. PAINE, Brig.-Gen.
OR, Ser. I, Vol. 23, pt. II, p. 33.
31, Skirmishing between Collierville and Mount Pleasant, Mississippi
No circumstantial reports filed.
MEMPHIS, January 31, 1864.
Col. L. F. McCRILLIS, Collierville:
Watch the enemy closely; do not allow him to reach the road between Germantown and Collierville. Give a warm reception if they come within striking distance.
B. H. GRIERSON, Brig.-Gen.
COLLIERVILLE, January 31, 1864.
Capt. WOODWARD, Assistant Adjutant-Gen.:
Our scouts are fighting rebels between here and Mount Pleasant. A courier sent in reports them about 1,000.
L. F. McCRILLIS, Col.
OR, Ser. I, Vol. 32, pt. II, p. 278.
James B. Jones, Jr.
Tennessee Historical Commission
2941 Lebanon Road
Nashville, TN 37214