FIRST KENTUCKY BRIGADE.
and efficiency. He was well supplied with blankets, tents, transportation, aud whatever else was requisite to the comfort of his men; but he found the new recruits who had gathered there, in some measure, destitute of blankets. He communicated this fact to the ladies of Greenville and the country immediately surrounding, when they took from their beds, regardless of their own discomfort, and notwithstanding the liberal contributions which they had already made, five hundred pairs of fine blankets, which were immediately shipped to Camp Boone, for the battery and the Second Regiment.
When General Buckner advanced into Kentucky, Captain Byrne's artillery was sent forward, with the Second Regiment, to Green River, capturing at Bowling Green a six-pound gun, which was added to the battery; and he was here instrumental in mounting some twenty-five or thirty men who had come out with General Morgan, without horses, and thus materially contributing to render the afterward famous " squadron " at once effective. The citizens of Washington County, Mississippi, had furnished him a number of horses in excess of his absolute need at that time, and, as most of those not already under harness were too light for artillery purposes, and could be made useful chiefly as saddle-horses, and choosing to dispose of them himself] he placed them at the disposal of Captain Morgan, who mounted that number of men upon them, and largely increased his already active and daring scout.
The part played by Byrne's battery at Shiloh will be found in our account of that engagement. After the battle, when the reorganization of the Reserve Corps took place, Captain Byrne and his lieutenants, deeming themselves so seriously aggrieved by the manner in which favors were distributed as to make service in another command more agreeable, resigned, and the battery was broken up, the pieces and appurtenances thereto being turned over to the Department of Ordnance, and the horses to the Quartermaster's Department, while the men were assigned, some to