ven him before you. Your first battle has been glorious, and your general is proud of you. The opposing force, composed mostly of the old regular army of the North, have thrown themselves upon you confident of victory, but by great gallantry and determined courage you have routed it with great slaughter.
Several pieces of artillery and many prisoners are now in your hands.
The commander-in-chief of the enemy is slain, and many of the general officers wounded.
The flag of the Confederacy now floats near Springfield, the stronghold of the enemy.
The friends of our cause who have been imprisoned there are released.
While announcing to the army the great victory, the General hopes that the laurels you have gained will not be tarnished by a single outrage.
The private property of citizens of either party must be respected.
Soldiers who fought as you did day before yesterday cannot rob or plunder.
By order of Ben. McCulloch. Jas. Mointosh, Captain C. S. A., and Adjutant-General.