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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 2: civil and military operations in Missouri. (search)
a gathering storm and the intense darkness, McCulloch countermanded the order, and his army, wearied with waiting and watching, was still in camp on Wilson's Creek on the morning of the 10th. Report of General Price to Governor Jackson, August 12th, 1861. Pollard, in his First Year of the War, page 187, says, that after receiving orders to march, on the evening of the 9th, the troops made preparation, and got up a dance before their camp-fires. This dance was kept up until a late hour. Thously said to a National officer, who was with a party at his quarters, under a flag of truce, Your loss was very great, but ours was four times yours. See Report of the Committee on the Conduct of the War. General Price, in his report (August 12th, 1861), says the loss of his command was nearly 700, or nearly one-fifth of his entire force. The shattered National, troops were in no condition to follow up the advantage which they had gained in the closing contest. Their strength and their a
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 3: military operations in Missouri and Kentucky. (search)
s at Columbus in peril, 88. Zollicoffer's advance in Kentucky the Unionists aroused battle among the Rock Castle Hills, 89. battle of Piketon, 90 Theeast Tennessee Unionists disappointed the Confederate foothold in Tennessee and Kentucky, 91. Contrary to general expectation, the Confederates did not pursue the shattered little army that was led by Sigel, from Springfield to Rolla. See page 54. McCulloch contented himself with issuing a proclamation to the people of Missouri, Aug. 12, 1861. telling them that he had come, on the invitation of their Governor, to assist in driving the National forces out of the State, and in restoring to the people their just rights. He assured them that he had driven the enemy from among them, and that the Union troops were then in full flight, after defeat. He called upon the people to act promptly in co-operation with him, saying, Missouri must be allowed to choose her own destiny--no oaths binding your consciences. This was all that th