Thursday, August 2, 2012

Panic in Columbia

While the Seventeenth Kentucky remains at Reynolds' Station, just south of Columbia, Tennessee, the Confederate offensive continues.  It is clear that they intend to so occupy the northern invaders as to prevent them from carrying out any offensive missions- a tactic that seems to be working marvelously.


COLUMBIA, August 2, 1862.
Colonel J. B. FRY:

 Last night a guerrilla force, near 300, encamped 7 miles south of this; burned a quantity of cotton on the pike; are now carrying off every Union man. Early this morning I sent all the cavalry - one small company - toward Mount Pleasant after Anderson's party, near this, but was not aware of so large a force being in the vicinity. I have serious apprehension for the safety of my men. People are running here every hour for assistance. Without cavalry or more than three companies of infantry and only rifled cannon, I am unable to follow or chastise the enemy. The influence of this raid upon the public mind is very serious. A general uprising has taken place,and I fear the destruction of the railroad. Bridges are weak. Nothing shall be omitted on our part to hold them safe. 

JAS. S. NEGLEY,General.

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