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ilous that he was obliged to withdraw, firing whilst retiring, until his guns were out of range, when he limbered up and reported to me. In this engagement, one of the enemy's pieces was dismounted by a shot from the rifle gun directed by First Sergeant Owen, first company, and other serious work was accomplished. Now, under directions of Gen. Cocke, I took position in battery on the hill in front of Lewis's farm-house, my guns directed towards Stone Bridge, where it was reported the enemy wais part in a manner worthy of a true soldier and a brave man. He is an example rarely to be met. Lieutenants Richardson and Whittington, both with this battery in the engagement of the 18th, were in this battle, and bravely did their duty. Lieut. W. M. Owen, adjutant, and Lieut. James Dearing, Virginia forces attached to this battalion, accompanied me. To them I am indebted for invaluable service upon the field; frequently were they ordered to positions of great danger, and promptly and bravel
Regiment, who was mortally wounded. The Federal forces returned the fire without effect, and retired to Monroe Station to await reenforcements, the balance of Harris's command having crossed the ford and commenced a system of guerilla warfare. After retreating a few miles, the Federal forces encamped until the next day, when they again retired toward Monroe Station. A short skirmish was here engaged in, without loss to either side. In the mean time, no guard having been left at Monroe, Capt. Owen entered the place with about 200 of the State forces, and burned the depot and some cars. The officers on the Hannibal and St. Joseph road report thirteen passenger and seventeen freight cars destroyed, and another station-house burned a short distance from Monroe. Col. Smith, as soon as he reached the latter place, threw his entire force into a large building used as an academy. Harris's command, some 2,500 in number, surrounded him and brought two six-pound cannon to bear on the bui