The Civil War History of the 57th Indiana (#14 of 52)
Aftermath of the Battle at Perryville; the pursuit of Gen. Bragg.
“On the 30th of October, we marched to Glasgow and went into camp with the welcome tidings that the paymaster was in camp, and would soon commence paying off the troops. We received four months wages from Maj. Baber. Large numbers of men now left for home. Desertions first commenced at Louisville, though they were much more frequent after payday than before.
“Almost the entire army was disheartened at the failure of so large a force to accomplish anything under the direction of our commander, Gen. Buell. All our movements plainly demonstrated the fact that instead of pursuing the retreating foe, and forcing him to fight, general engagements had been studiously avoided. Many times during the campaign we were in such close proximity to the foe that we could easily have brought on an engagement; but when we came near them in daylight, we invariably received the order to withdraw to a safe distance, only to follow them at the hour of midnight, when it was known they were gone. Gen. Buell no longer possessed the confidence of his army, and the events of each succeeding day but served to augment the increasing demoralization.”
Excerpts taken from “Annals of the Fifty-Seventh Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry: Marches, Battles, and Incidents of Army Life” written by Asbury L. Kerwood immediately after the war.