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lly retreated with thirty thousand, despite all the traps and snares laid for him by an army of eighty thousand. His generalship drew forth praise from some of the best soldiers in Europe. When the rebellion was crushed, Sigel emigrated to America, and settled in St. Louis, marrying the daughter of a gentleman in whose academy he taught. When the present war broke out, he received command of the Second Missouri Volunteers, and was soon appointed Brigadier. He served with distinction under Lyon, Fremont, and Curtis. He was removed from Missouri, and appointed to command the Twelfth Army Corps under Pope, in Virginia, and has greatly distinguished himself. Although much sneered at by those in the Federal Army, and subjected on all occasions to many slights and annoyances, Sigel is a much better General than many who have been his superiors in command, and could do more with a division than half-a-dozen such men as General Pope. Sturges, Grant, Buell, Rosecrans, and others, who hav
was opposed to this, and unknown to the majority of us, Captain Lyon led them in great numbers around our camps, and forced uses searched, etc., it was soon perceived that Lincoln and Lyon were determined to suppress, by force, any Southern feelingnot be manacled without a struggle, and fully informed that Lyon meditated seizing the capital at Jefferson City, Governor Jumber; for I was tired of witnessing the tyrannical acts of Lyon, and his friends the Dutch Abolitionists. On arriving at Jer, I felt discouraged, as you may suppose; for I knew that Lyon, at St. Louis, had thousands of men, well armed, well drillhad not been at Boonville long, ere it was ascertained that Lyon and Blair contemplated a movement upon that place, in orderd them to take the field. It was soon ascertained that Lyon was approaching up the Missouri with several thousand men ally in Carthage, not many miles distant in our front, while Lyon, Lane, and others were rapidly approaching on the flanks an
but prove victorious death of the Federal General Lyon, and promotion of General Fremont Misundeace many days when information was brought that Lyon and Sturgis had suddenly ceased their pursuit, scomfiture of Sigel at Carthage. After a halt, Lyon, Sigel, and others formed a junction at Springfes south of Springfield, where it was reported Lyon and Sigel were encamped on hills beside the roaughtless of danger — in fact, never dreaming of Lyon being in the vicinity at all-threw out no pickesant discharges and their accurate aim, stopped Lyon's advance, and equalized the fight in the centrhe battle progressed in our favor on the right, Lyon was pushing Price with great vigor in the centr artillery; perceiving which, it was obvious to Lyon that nothing short of desperate courage could ts which had fallen to our lot. The body of poor Lyon was found among the dead, and was decently cofftuosity and valor of our men, as both Sigel and Lyon crept upon us during night, and took up command[3 more...]
know is that drums are beating for something, and they turn out with alacrity to ascertain what that something is. But this is not in form, and though commanders look upon the matter lightly, it may be the occasion of much mischief. Take a case in point: At the battle of Oak Hill, in Missouri, the camps and commands of Price and McCulloch were some distance apart, and the Missourians, it is said, were so much accustomed to beating drums at all times, that when they were suddenly attacked by Lyon, McCulloch took no notice of the call, until Sigel opened fire upon his pickets, when he ascertained that for once the Missouri drummers meant something by their thumpings. I do not say that such a thing would happen with us, for as volunteers we are the best drilled in essentials of any troops in the world, and are ever on the alert, more frequently moving in search of the enemy than being sought. But although uniforms, fine bands, pipeclay, and all the rest are desirable things enough, we