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brave charge of Col. Lewis R. Jewell, Sixth Kansas cavalry
his mortal wounnd best officers of our command, Lieutenant Colonel Lewis R. Jewell, Sixth Kansas Cavalry.
We also Johnson, besides some twenty enlisted men. Colonel Jewell fell mortally wounded while leading a sabro had been on several bold adventures with Colonel Jewell during the day, was only a few yards from ently right and proper that I should, give Colonel Jewell more than a passing notice in this resume. field at Newtonia last September, it was Colonel Jewell that I saw lead two battalions of the Sixtawn several volleys from our carbines than Colonel Jewell ordered his bugler to sound the charge, and, and sought the covering of their guns.
Colonel Jewell pursued them for about three-quarters of atteries, a few hundred yards to the left of Col. Jewell's position, I could see every movement as dill be more deserving of a monument than.
After the battle of Cane Hill, General
ear that there is going to be shortly a reorganization of the Army of the Frontier. Gen. Blunt has been relieved, and bade his troops farewell to-day, and, with his staff and escort, started to Forts Scott and Leavenworth. On account of his personal bravery and the brilliant achievements of his campaign, he has greatly endeared himself to his troops.
I speak from personal knowledge of his bravery.
He was to the front all day during the battle of Cane Hill, and was only a few yards from Col. Jewell when he fell mortally wounded.
At Prairie Grove too, he was on the field all the afternoon in dangerous positions, directing the movements of his troops.
And at Dripping Springs he was at the front with us when we charged the enemy's camp, and rode with the advance squadrons when we dashed into Van Buren.
How well he would succeed in a campaign which required of the Commanding General that every movement of his troops should be made with a distinct but involved end in view, I, of cours
gh to stop writing, or expunge that which is worthless.
But our new Commander, Colonel W. A. Phillips, I know is an able and an accomplished officer, and it is not likely that he will allow us to languish in inglorious inactivity.
No officer of the first division has impressed me more favorably.
The first time that I ever saw him was at the battle of Locust Grove, near Grand Saline, the 2d of last July, when we captured Colonel Clarkson and his command of one hundred and ten men. Even Colonel Jewell, who was also present on that occasion, did not display more conspicuous bravery than Colonel Phillips.
The night's march, the short and decisive engagement, just at the dawn of that lovely summer's morning, will be remembered by those who participated, while they live.
Colonel Phillips received much praise for the ability with which he handled his brigade at Indian Creek, Neosho, and Newtonia, last September.
On other occasions, too, he has shown himself to be a brave officer, and ye
on the ground we were mortified to learn that the battle had been fought the day before.
The enemy under Generals Shelby and Cockrell were still encamped on the field; but when we came in sight, instead of giving battle, as we anticipated they would after their recent victory, they retreated.
It was about six o'clock when we came up, and General Blunt immediately commenced to form his troops in line of battle, as the enemy seemed to be making some kind of hostile movements.
I was with Colonel Jewell and General Blunt, and some of his staff were near us. We expected every moment that the enemy were going to open fire upon us, for we could plainly see him coming down the road towards us about half a mile off. We could also see, that when they came to a certain point they seemed to file to their left, which was our right, as we had formed in line.
We supposed that they were aiming to turn our right, and General Blunt threw out skirmishers to discover their intentions.
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om time to time, there is no doubt but that such bloody contests are quite common in different parts of the Nation.
We were in this section last June with Colonel Jewell, of the Sixth Kansas cavalry.
An incident occurred near here, which is worth mentioning, now that were are on the ground again.
While we were encamped on Cowskin prairie we received information through our scouts that Colonel Standwaitie, with a force of four or five hundred Indians, was in this vicinity.
Colonel Jewell, with about three hundred cavalry, was directed by Colonel Weir to make a reconnaissance to this point.
We made a night's march, and late in the afternoon of the fnot dismounted, having heard the tramping of our horses' feet, gave the alarm, and they mounted their horses and galloped away just as we were coming in sight Colonel Jewell directed our bugler to sound the gallop, and we chased them several miles, but we soon found that it was useless to keep it up further, as our animals were to
fter some firing at different points along the skirmish line, forced it back upon our main line.
But he did not come dashing furiously along with drawn swords, with the determination of breaking through our ranks.
Nor did our troops move forward like a hurricane, but rather steadily until the enemy commenced to fall back.
There was very little dash displayed on either side.
The position of the enemy at this point, according to the account of an eye witness, was just such a one as Colonel Jewell would have delighted to have had, were he living and had been on the field: He would have said: Men, are your carbines and revolvers in perfect order?
Do you see the enemy there?
Unsheath sabres, follow me.
And in an instant he would have swept like a storm through the ranks of the enemy, and few of them would have escaped the edges of our swords.
He could instantly seize the situation, and there was no dallying with the foe afterwards.
After the skirmishing and fighting, which l
ixth Kansas cavalry suffered most in killed and wounded on our side; though all our troops that participated, behaved with the utmost coolness during the entire battle.
The Sixth Kansas cavalry suffered more than the rest of our cavalry on account of having been assigned to the task of turning the enemy's left flank, which they did handsomely by sweeping down upon them in a saber charge.
General Blunt is familiar with the fighting qualities of the Sixth, as he was only a few rods from Colonel Jewell when he fell leading his regiment at the battle of Cane Hill, the 29th of last November.
But I will not endeavor to bestow undue praise upon the Sixth regiment because I happen to belong to it, for I know that every regiment of Kansas troops in the division with which I have served, have acted with conspicuous bravery upon every field.
Our loss in this engagement was seventeen killed and sixty wounded. The loss of the enemy was 150 left dead upon the field, and 400 wounded and seven