22 August 05
On the 19th ultimo the Confederate troops, began to trickle into the
Area surrounding the town of Cynthiana, Kentucky. Occupying the high
ground, observation posts soon reported movement.
Enemy forces, though few in number, were observed concentrating on the
flat ground on the Elks farm, northeast of Cynthiana. The day being so
far advanced and sweltering hot, no engagement of enemy forces was
attempted until morning.
Our forces being evenly matched, Capt. West devised a bold plan in
which the decision was taken to avail ourselves of the rolling terrains
capacity to conceal troop movement and split our forces, an undoubtedly
impetuous decision, but one which we felt had the best chance of success.
Fully one third of our meager forces were concealed behind a swale while
the remainder occupied the attention of the enemy. When the collision of
forces occurred the hidden troops were favorably disposed to strike the
right flank of the enemy before they were aware of our presence, causing
much consternation on the part of the Yankee hirelings.
However, the gods of war smiled upon our enemy that day and the tide of
battle turned against
us as their 12 pounders, well...., pounded us, their range being greater
than the range of our bullpups.
Though compelled to withdraw, we nonetheless retained a position
favorable to attack the next day.
The next day dawned foggy and sultry as the attack began. Capt. West
and I, along with the able commander of our batteries, 1st Sgt. Douglas
Keys, hammered out a plan that would utilize our artillerys mobile
capabilities to counteract the superior range of the enemies guns.
Forward observers notified us that the enemy was reenforced during the
night, bringing their numbers to twice ours, and that besides, they were
moving into positions in an attempt to use our same trap on us.
We screened our mobile pieces behind our rank and began a slow assault
on the line to our front, occupying their attention, while the valiant
gun crews feverishly loaded and sighted in. At that moment we executed a
left wheel uncovering our artillery, much to the surprise of our facing
foe, and attacked the flanking force, while charges of double canister
exploded behind us, somewhat evening the numerical differences. After
much continued hard give and take, the enemy was forced to yield and
withdrew from the field.
Special commendations go out to Capt. West, 1st Sgt Keys and all the
seasoned and inexperienced troopers as well, without whose valiant
efforts we might not have survived this day.
Respectfully Submitted this Day,
Remain,Sirs, Your most Humble Servant
1st Sgt. Co A
9th Kentucy Cavalry