ed and eager for active service—to have beaten back, in conjunction with Price, any force that could have been brought against them.
McCulloch was immovable.
A retrograde movement on Price's part became imperative.
He therefore fell back to Springfield and occupied his old camp there.
But his stay was short.
About the 1st of February, 1862, he received information that the enemy were preparing to advance upon him from Sedalia, Rolla and Fort Scott. Ten days later the column from Kansas, , steadily forced its way. The next day the army, 8,000 men and 51 pieces of artillery, with a wagon train big enough for an army four times as large, was on the road to Cassville.
Colonel Gates with his regiment kept the enemy in check while Springfield was being evacuated.
The three columns of the enemy were now united, and Price commenced his retreat to Arkansas in earnest.
The First brigade of Missouri Confederates was given the rear, and performed its duty of alternately halting and for