Affair At Crittenden

This is a letter from Col. Ephraim Ball, Colonel in the 162nd Ohio National Guard, to General Burbridge, dated June 27, 1864, in Covington, Ky.

"General: The town of Crittenden has been attacked by twenty rebels. who are said to be gathering a force to capture a wagon train, which is now on this pike, a short distance this side of that place.  I am called upon for 150 mounted men. Have none. Got infantry.  What shall I do in the case?

Respectfully, E. Ball


Taken from War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Vol. 1, Number 39, Part #1, p. 241.