Not far away, Seana Crary, wife of Williamson Crary, watched the battle in fascination. She had no realization of the danger until a stray bullet cut a limb above her head. She fled to her home which soon became an aid station. General Clanton was severely wounded and taken to Pollard. The outnumbered Rebs headed for the river (the portion known today as Big Escambia Creek) fighting all the way. This means that the battle took place all the way through present day Century. We don't know if the bridge had been burned or if it had been destroyed by the floodwaters, but they were surprised to find it missing.
Back at Pollard, the Confederates had time to gather their things and move out toward Montgomery. The river swamp and the matter of prisoners did much to delay the Union force and, after all, it had been a busy day. On March 26th, the infantry was sent to Pollard since the cavalry couldn't get across. They eventually slogged their way through the rain- swollen swamp to find the Confederates had taken all of their equipment and gone. Only a couple of barrels of crackers remained in the warehouses. Feeling a bit testy, the Yankees burned the warehouses and tore up about a half mile of the railroad track. While local homes were spared, the fate of the crackers was not reported.
That's the story of the Tri-Cities'
The Flomaton and Brewton libraries are a good place to look. Don't bedevil the good folks of Bluff Springs by tramping about without permission. Souvenir hunters have been doing that for  years now, and it's beginning to annoy some of the residents. Besides, you are just as likely to find something anywhere else between Bogia and Fannie!
(Note: We now believe that "Prichard's Mill" was actually "Pritchett's Mill". Perhaps General Andrews, accustomed to the peculiar dialect of his native Nawth, mistook the proper local pronunciation. At any rate, other accounts of the area refer to Pritchett's Mill in the area and, of course, a Pritchett was one of Bluff Springs' founders. Pringle's Creek has also been known as Pritchett's Mill Creek and more recently, Pop's Creek for "Pop" Tisdale. - Neal Collier )
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