Colonel: I have the honor to report the operations of my force against the combined troops of General Marmaduke and Colonel Porter.
Immediately on the receipt of a copy of the telegram from Brig.-General Brown, commanding at Springfield, January nansportation train for the use of the infantry.
They reached Hartsville at six o'clock A. M., Saturday, and learned that Porter's column had passed through, taking the Marshfield road.
Here Col. Merrill was reenforced by one hundred and fifty men oe purpose during my former occupancy of Hartsville.
The officers in command with Generals Marmaduke and McDonald were Cols. Porter, Thompson, Burbridge, Shelby, Henkle, Jeffrey, and Campbell.
The battle opened, after the fire of artillery, by a chaneral Emmet McDonald, Colonels Thompson and Hinkle, Major Rubley, Captain Turpin, and two lieutenants, names unknown, Colonel Porter, mortally wounded — since dead, Captain Crocker, well known in Western Missouri, and two other captains severely woun