At Lexington, Mo., Colonel Mulligan surrendered to the rebel general, Price, after a fifty-nine hours fight without water; the only supply — from the river — having been cut off by the rebels, after a severe fight.
The camp ground contained no springs or wells, and embraced ten acres, with breastworks around it, except the river front.
The rebels procured bales of hemp and rolled them in advance, and under their cover succeeded in securing a position in the rear.
They made but few assaults, their object being to surround the fort and cut off supplies of water, and this accomplished, wait till necessity compelled Mulligan to yield.
Previous to the surrender, Colonel Mulligan offered to take a position on a level spot of ground and give General Price the odds of four to one in a fair open fight, but he declined.
After the surrender the rebels mounted the breastworks, mad with joy, and trailed the National flag in the dust.
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