|Chapter XXVIII. GENERAL REPORTS.
Question. Did you make any subsequent report to General Buell?
General Schoepf requested General Thomas to have me return to General Bragg's lines. I did so, finding him at Glasgow. I arrived at Glasgow on Sunday; I do not remember the day of the month. I there saw General Bragg's army strike their tents on that Sabbath, and then had on opportunity of counting several regiments and made several inquiries. I saw also the pike which they took in leaving Glasgow. I returned and reported in the first place to General Schoepf; he sent me to General Thomas and I reported to him. He sent me to General Buell in the morning. I confirmed my former statement as to the numerical strength of the enemy. I recollect in my second statement to General Buell I said I had found out that some divisions had four brigades. I stated to him the pike they took-the pike that runs due north.
Question. How many days elapsed between your time of leaving Glasgow and your report to General Buell?
I should think four or five days.
Question. In either of your reports did General Buell inquire regarding artillery?
As to that I should not like to say upon oath what the question or the answer was. I think I told him a battery to a brigade.
Question. Did General Buell question you as to the general condition of the army, as to supplies and transportation, &c.?
I think there were some questions asked in regard to a wagon train. I think I made the statement they were well armed. As to supplies, if I made a statement I do not recollect what it was. I think I said they had a small wagon train.
Question. At the time you made your second statement, at Prewitt's Knob, was it known generally that Munfordville was surrendered?
I think I heard of it at Bowling Green before I made the report.
Cross-examination by General BUELL:
Question. What did you estimate the strength of the rebel army at Tupelo to be?
I don't think I made an estimate, but they left a number of sick.
Question. Can you answer how many?
I think I made the statement they had buried several thousand, but not as to number of sick who were left there. It would be very difficult to form an estimate of the number of sick General Bragg left in Mississippi. I made no estimate. I think "many" was the adjective I used.
Question. How long were you at Tupelo?
I merely passed through there, perhaps remaining ten or twenty hours. In speaking of the graves, I would say I came to Tupelo from Holly Springs; that in entering Tupelo by the road I came I passed through several camping grounds, or, more properly, by several camping grounds, from which the army had been withdrawn, and upon each camp ground I saw the graves where each several brigade had buried their dead. In most cases these were marked by a few rails piled up; in some cases a piece of board with an inscription. I rode to several of these plats and counted the graves, and in that way I arrived at the estimate of the dead (several thousand).
Question. Was the army with which General Bragg invaded Kentucky identically the same as that you saw at Tupelo?
As to that question I cannot make a distinct reply, as I arrived at Tupelo after a part of the army had left.
Question. When were you at Tupelo?
In the month of July, the latter part.
Question. Had the principal part of the army left at that time?
All had left, I think, excepting Price's division and the division of which General Walker is a brigadier-general.
|Chapter XXVIII. GENERAL REPORTS.