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One of Morgan’s MenMemoirs of Lieutenant John M. Porter of the Ninth Kentucky Cavalry$
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John M. Porter and Kent Masterson Brown

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813129891

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813129891.001.0001

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Our March Was Cautious

Our March Was Cautious

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(p.140) (p.141) 10 Our March Was Cautious
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One of Morgan’s Men
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John M. Porter

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813129891.003.0012

The most significant achievement of Lieutenant John M. Porter as a soldier involved a scout made in February 1863 by him, Captain Thomas H. Hines, and twelve others from Company E, Ninth Kentucky Calvary, who were already familiar with the area of operations. Porter's account of this operation is the only one in existence regarding this operation aside from Captain Hines's official report. The scouting party left Liberty, Tennessee, on February 7, 1863, in order to eliminate Federal transport vessels in the rivers located between the Ohio River and the Bowling Green River. Rosecrans's Federal army in Murfreesboro and in Nashville heavily relied on transport vessels for supplies because of the destroyed railroads in Nashville and in Louisville. This chapter looks into how Porter remembers how he and his men set out for Butler County after they had been disbanded.

Keywords:   Captain Thomas H. Hines, scouting party, Company E, Ninth Kentucky Cavalry, Butler County

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