When General Sills’s division left Frankfort, Ky., the last thing they did was to remove the two monster cannon from their position on the hills over South Frankfort. Some Union men of Frankfort, during the night, went over to the spot and planted two empty beer-kegs in the place of the cannon, and covered them with a tarpaulin. All next day a lot of Morgan’s cavalry were scouting around the kegs, but dared not enter Frankfort for fear of being charged upon. On Wednesday night “our forces” abandoned the kegs, when, as we learn, they made a bold and daring charge on the “tarpaulin beer-keg battery,” and captured it without the loss of a man. The captain acknowledged that he had been “sold by the Yanks,” and it was not until then that they were aware of the fact that Gen. Sills’s whole corps had left Frankfort. Then, as they have always done, they pounced upon an unprotected city. But Gen. Dumont’s forces soon let them know that it was not the “battle of the kegs” when they attacked them. It was these men and the two empty beer kegs that kept the rebels from burning all the bridges around Frankfort.
Originally posted 2009-01-21 15:57:12.