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In Their Own Words

November 29, 1864

Rangers Dealt with Some Foragers

Substantiating the danger that Union stragglers and foragers faced, Pvt. Enoch John - part of a special unit of 30 scouts that Hood had designated to follow and harass Sherman’s army - wrote in his diary:

“Nov. 29th. Turned out early, and within four miles of Soursville we found our enemies, charged the lot, killed three, captured three, and run the whole brigade for a mile. We then turned off to the left, and soon found nine Yanks, burning some houses, cotton, cotton gins, barns, &c.; charged them at once, and in a very few minutes the whole lot were in kingdom come. We then moved back and camped, satisfied with the day’s sport.”

Source: Diary of Cpl Enoch John