Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Reminiscences of Morgan's and Hobson's Raid]
REMINISCENES OF MORGAn'S AND HOBSOn'S RAID IN JEFFERSON
COUNTY BY MRS. PIRENE VALLILE
Reference: -A- A. M. Pender
My father Christopher Smart was called upon about two o'clock Saturday morning July 11, 1863. He was told that Morgan was crossing the Ohio River at Brocksburg, Ind. I wanted him to go and help to defend Madison. My father finally left our place to help in the defense of out county seat. Before he left, he gave my mother money to hire some one to take our horses to Greensburg, Indiana for safe keeping. We could not get any one to take our horses away.
About five o'clock in the afternoon, Mr. John Smith who had gone to Dupont to get his son stopped and told us that John Morgan was coming into Dupont. My mother sent me to grandfather's place to get my uncle, Samuel McGee to come and stay all night with us. After he came, he got my father's gun. We were out in the yard when three strange man passed. We did not think of them as belonging to Morgan's men. Mr. Kiser, that watched his horses. Some men came to the pasture and attempted to catch them but could not. He heard one of the men say, “Never mind the rest will get them.” When Morgan's men were gone, Mr. Kiser took all of his horses and tied them in a deep hollow on his farm and saved all of them.
On Sunday morning, July 12, 1863 between six and seven o'clock we were eating breakfast. I heard a noise outside. Upon going out into the yard I saw two or three men going into the barn. From this time on soldiers were constantly passing. Some came in and ate all of the food left on the table. one old man picked up a crust of bread and offered to pay mother for it; but she refused. Another soldier came in and asked her to cook him some bread. Mother said, “It is Sunday and I don't cook much on the Sabbath. The soldier replied, “well if you can't cook I can.” However, she cooked the bread while