According to a letter home from a Lt. R.S. Dilworth of the 21st OVI he decribes the event. A note, Lt. Dilworth would be killed at Kennesaw Mountain in June of 64'
Sept. 13th, '62
I have missed another date. Yesterday, I was called on duty, yesterday morning. I was sent out on picket 3 miles from town. My orders were verry strict; not to allow any one of my charge to leave their quarters & not to leave my self (which I never do on duty), on penalty of being discharged the service. The enemy is in force, all around us. Our communication is cut off. No communication south of Louisville, Kentucky. I stood picket on the plantation of a welthy old secesh. He has an out house on his place, near his residence. The boys went to borrow some pots or something to cook in, but he said he would not let the D... Yankees have anything. They went then down toward this out house and hurd [heard] something rattle in there. A man escaped through the back way through the hedge & got away. The boys went into the house & found a splendid cassimere blanket. They found it on a bunk on which the gent had been lounging. They captured it and gave it to me. It is a nice present, worth not less than 15.00 dollars. General Buell is arrested. Governor Johnson put him under arrest. The governor was making enquiries concerning his (Gen. Buell's) command. Buell ensulted [insulted] Johnson. Johnson walked up toward Buell & Buell struck at Johnson, but he (Johnson) avoided the blow and struck Buell in the mouth with the back of his hand & then arrested Buell and telegraphed to Washington what he had done. The authorities in Washington sent for Buell to report forthwith. So he is gone & Thomas comds [commands] in his place. Negley is our Maj. Gen. & Col. Miller our act [acting] brig. We are the 7th Brigade & 8th Division. There was a big fire in Nashville last night. The governor ordered the union college burned. It stood right in the way of our artillery, in one direction & it was burned last night. We are running the spades & picks to their furthest extent. Our pickets was drove in on the Murfreesboro pike last night. We sent out 2 comps, Capt. Stoughton co. A & co. H Lieut. Kerry [Curry] on that pike with a forage train. They were attacked by the cav, but repulsed them with the loss of one killed & several wounded, 8 taken prisoners: one Lieut., one Lieut. Col. Pretty well, was it not? This occurred today. I am on duty 2/3 of the time. We received a small mail this evening. J.S. Robb has either been taken prisoner or has deserted the service. I gave him a pass 2 weeks since, the 1st of this week, if I mistake not. I gave him a pass to & from Spring Hill and back, but he didn't come back again. He has been gone just 24 days, he left the 20th August. There are skirmishing going off every day. Governor Johnson says the city shall not be surrendered to the enemy, but in ashes. We will have to fight here. I expect 20,000 troops came in today. But I must close for the night. Good night dearest Lois. God bless you.