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iles beyond Carthage.
Lieut. Tosk estimates the numbers of the opposing army at five thousand, chiefly cavalry, but supplied with a battery of five cannon--four six-pounders and one twelve-pounder — while Col. Siegel's command consisted of his own regiment of two battalions, and Col. Salomon's detached regiment, with several pieces of artillery under command of Major Backof. Col. Siegel's regiment had six hundred men, and Col. Salomon's five hundred.
The State troops were commanded by Generals Parsons and Rains. Maj. Backof, under the direction of Col. Siegel, opened the fire, which continued briskly for nearly two hours. In less than an hour the twelve-pounder of the State troops was dismounted, and soon afterwards the whole battery was silenced.
The superior arms of the Federals enabled them to maintain a situation of comparatively little danger.
The State troops, whom for convenience we shall call Jackson's men, twice broke their ranks, but were rallied and held their position v
sition, at the same time ordering Gens. Slack, McBride, Clark, and Parsons to move their infantry and artillery rapidly forward.
I had ridde of infantry were formed.
In a few minutes after Col. Kelly, of Gen. Parsons' command, formed upon my left, and rapidly following came the co forces, and employed them against the batteries in our rear.
Gen. Parsons' battery, which had been previously engaged against the enemy, nsoon ready.
The Missourians under Generals Slack, Clark, McBride, Parsons and Rains, were nearest the position taken by General Lyon with hiur notice, the gallant conduct of the Missouri Generals — McBride, Parsons, Clark, Black, and their officers.
To Gen. Price, I am under manyrlow's account.
Headquarters Sixth Division M. S. G., Brig.-Gen. M. M. Parsons Commanding, Phelps' Farm, Springfield, August 22.
Rememnded in person, and made his last, most desperate struggle.
General Parsons now advanced with his four pieces, and poured a terrific fire