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nd finally by Howard. Two divisions of Wilcox's corps (Sturgis' and Getty's) participated in the attack. Never did men fight more persistently than this brave, grand division of General Sumner. The officers and men seemed to be inspired with the lofty courage and determined spirit of their noble commander; but the position was too strong for them. I beg to refer to the report of General Sumner for a more extended account of the working of his command, and the cavalry division under General Pleasonton. At 1:30 P. M. I ordered General Hooker to support General Sumner with his command; soon after receiving the order, he (General H.) sent an Aide-de-Camp to me with a statement that he did not think the attack would be successful. I directed him to make the assault. Some time afterward General Hooker came to me in person with the same statement. I reiterated my order, which he then proceeded to obey. The afternoon was now well advanced. General Franklin before this had been po
ecognized their glorious consequences by giving at the Presidential election a vote of forty thousand majority in favor of the government. This was not the only important result of the campaign to the national cause, for the defeat and discomfiture of Price also released from service in Missouri a large force of our troops, that were sent immediately to General Thomas at Nashville, and they arrived in time to assist in the battles before that place, against General Hood, and it is not too much to assert that this addition General Thomas received to his forces in General A. J. Smith's corps, rendered him victorious in one of the crowning achievements of the war. The mistake of this campaign consisted in not attacking Price on his entry into the State, or as soon after as possible. The same troops were able to defeat Price in the east that afterward did so on the borders of Kansas. All of which is respectfully submitted to your honorable Committee. A. Pleasonton, Major-General.
and finally retiring. On the eighth, General Pleasonton, on his arrival at Jefferson, under orde Colonel Catherwood, in advance to report to Pleasonton, who, on its arrival, was to join Sanborn an To ascertain Price's real intentions, General Pleasonton was directed to make a strong reconnoissched me on the morning of the twentieth, and Pleasonton was directed at once to push the centre of hy, to support the movement. At seven P. M., Pleasonton reported the enemy had left Lexington, goingHill. At ten o'clock P. M., a despatch from Pleasonton informed me of the receipt of these conditioere in response to a direct message from General Pleasonton, advising him of the posture of affairs. On the morning of the twenty-third Pleasonton began to move on the enemy at the crossing of the s. Orders were accordingly given, and General Pleasonton returned with Phillips' brigade, the canial mention of individual gallantry. Major-General Pleasonton deserves the thanks of the country fo[9 more...]