From the Louisville Express, Nov. 25 – Last Saturday night a band of forty mounted men, after stealing horses, two of which belonged to Randolph Mitchell and S. W. Wright, went to the residence of M. J. Maddox, near Prestonville, and demanded that he and the negroes who work on the farm should surrender. Mr. Maddox replied, in substance, that “as God would have it, he had two bull-dog boys with him, and three guns with rusty charges waiting for a favorable opportunity; he would not surrender, but take a little more sugar first.” At this time the armed regulators commenced firing upon the house. The night was dark and consequently impossible for Mr. Maddock and his boys to display their workmanship to advantage. However, after a long fight they would return and try again another time. In their flight the mounted rascals were obliged to leave behind them two stolen horses, one of which was shot in the shoulder by the Maddox party. These two horses were taken to Carrollton by Mr. Maddox on Sunday morning and locked up. On Monday the owners, Mitchell and Wright, appeared and proved their property. The above facts are contained in a letter which we have in our possession, and which was written by Mr. Maddox to his brother, J. H. Maddox, who resides in this city.
Reprinted in the New York Times of November 8, 1869, reprinting from the Louisville Express.