t of our leaders and of each of us, we shall have made substantial progress in accomplishing the objects for which we are striving, when you shall have expired.
The New Year was ushered in by a national salute fired from the batteries of General Herron's Division still encamped on the battle-field of Prairie Grove.
But to the soldier in the field, in camp and on the march, it has no more significance than any other day. It is impossible for him to observe the forms of polite society.
His me the offensive, perhaps to scatter the troops in this manner is the best policy.
This morning (the 8th) General Schofield, staff and escort left for Fayetteville, as I understand to review the second and third divisions under command of General Herron.
It does not appear that General Schofield has established any headquarters here with the army.
It is therefore thought that his presence here is only temporary, and that after he shall have made such disposition of his troops as in his ju
r a small infantry force at that station, as they can play around it even in sight, so long as they keep out of range of the infantrymen's muskets General F. J. Herron's two divisions of the Army of the Frontier, which were with us at the battle of Prairie Grove, have been ordered to join General Grant's army now besieging Vicksburg.
These troops, during the last three months, have been operating along the southern counties of Missouri, but recently they moved to the vicinity of Rolla.
General Herron is a gallant officer, and commands troops that have already made a glorious record.
They are now entitled to have Prairie Grove inscribed upon their victorious banners, and in a few months they will probably have Vicksburg added.
A detachment of the State Militia had a skirmish with a squad of guerrillas on the 9th at Gad Fly, a small place about half way between Cassville and Newtonia, resulting in the wounding of three of the enemy, and the capture of their horses, saddles and equ