Fight on Cosby
Last Thursday, the 24th, Gen. Vance had a brush with some 300 tories on the head of Cosby Creek, Cocke county, Tenn., some 45 or 50 miles from this place. The enemy were strongly posted, but after a few rounds our men charged them and they fled, leaving three dead, three wounded, all their camp equipment, a number of horses, and a few guns behind. Gen. Vance captured six or eight of the gang.
Gen. Vance’s force consisted of a few regulars, and the Henderson Home Guards under Capt. Banning, and the Haywood Home Guards under Maj. Ray. All acted nobly, and when the order to charge was given the home Guards dashed off with a yell that made the mountains ring. Gen. Vance says veteran troops never acted more gallantly.
Source: Greensborough Patriot, January 14, 1864 as found on www.ncecho.org