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ntly through the camp, and in a moment the command turned out for action, somewhat in deshabille it is true, but note the less effective, for every man had grabbed his rifle and cartridge-box at the first alarm.
Aided by a few shots from Captain Henry Hescock's battery, we soon drove the intruders from our camp in about the same disorder in which they had broken in on us. By this time Colonel Hatch and Colonel Albert L. Lee had mounted two battalions each, and I moved them out at a lively paceequirement.
These troops were drawn from all sections in the West where it was thought they could be spared, and among others I was ordered to conduct thither — to Louisville or Cincinnati, as subsequent developments might demand — my regiment, Hescock's battery, the Second and Fifteenth Missouri, and the Thirtysixth and Forty-fourth Illinois regiments of infantry, known as the Pea Ridge brigade.
With this column I marched back to Corinth on the 6th of September, 1862, for the purpose of gett