Williams' & Warren's Ala Cav


r 14 Ind Bty fltt 1


2 NJ Cav y


7 Tenn Cav

8 Miss Cav

7 Tenn Cav


8 Miss Cav

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steamer Jacob Musselman on January 6 was typical. As the boat pulled into the landing at Hopefield, ten of McGhee's men stormed aboard. They ordered the boat upriver several miles to where the rest of the band were waiting; the partisans stripped it of everything of value, used it to capture a passing flatboat filled with livestock, and then burned both boats. (The Union response was also typical: the commander at Memphis, MajGen Stephen Hurlbut, ordered Hopefield burned for giving aid and shelter to the "guerrillas.")

Brigadier-General Meriwether J. Thompson, dubbed the "Swamp Fox" for his constant marching and countermarching through the supposedly impassable swamps of southeast Missouri, kept Union commanders guessing by sending spare horses to one place, and the bulk of his men to a different spot where he had stored boats. His force would hit the enemy, go to the boats, and cross a swamp to where the horses waited. This led his opponents to exaggerate his strength, and frustrated them because they could never catch him. One Union soldier complained: "He seems always to be doin' the runnin', hut the other fellow's the one that's gettin' shot."

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