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Upon being informed Gen. Lyon's, they made a hasty exit into the dense woods, one of the staff officers ordering the men to fire upon them, but they had made good their escape.
Our troops had mistaken them also for the Home Guards, which are accustomed to act as guides and scouts, and thus they missed by a narrow chance, the opportunity of bagging the whole of them and their horses and muskets.
The names of our killed are Corporal Klein, privates Givens and Devlin.
Springfield, August 6.
After another day's hardship and a night's repose, the morning dawned upon us with its fierce glare.
General Lyon finding himself short of provisions, his men weary and footsore, many of them sick from intemperate use of water and green fruits, with a powerful enemy encamped in front, whom he could not chase by reason of the precautions against surprises and flank movements — moreover, a large force of the enemy in the direction of Sarcoxie, and the necessity of keeping open his commun