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ral. Report of Acting Major-Gen. Col. Jeff. C. Davis. headquarters, Third division, Pea Ridge, Ark., March--, 1862. sir: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the Third division, under my command, in the recent engagement with the rebel forces at this place. On the morning of the first inst., in obedience to instructions from the General, I broke up my camp near Cross Hollows, and took position on the heights of Pea Ridge, on the north side of Sugar Creek, commanding the main road. On the night of the fifth, I received intelligence of the approach of the enemy, from the General, and of his intention to concentrate his forces on my right and left, and give battle at this point. On the morning of the sixth, I deployed the First brigade of my division, consisting of the Eighth, Eighteenth, and Twenty-second Indiana, with Klaus's Indiana battery, commanded by Col. Thomas Pattison, on the right of the Fayetteville road, so as to command the
robable approaches of the enemy. Our troops, extending for miles, and generally occupying the summits of headlands on Sugar Creek. In my rear was a broken plateau, called Pea Ridge, and still further in my rear the deep valley of Big Sugar Creek, at Fayetteville, and a strong party of cavalry advancing toward Middle-town, and besides this, your order to march to Sugar Creek, made me at once aware of the dangerous position of my command. I therefore ordered Col. Schaefer to break up his camch retired from Keitsville to Berryville. II. retreat from M'Kisick's farm by Bentonville, to camp Halleck, on Sugar Creek. At two o'clock in the morning of the sixth, the troops encamped at McKisick's farm, moved forward toward Bentonvil others had turned to the left. I also received your order to return to Sugar Creek, which I did, and met the army on Sugar Creek, at four o'clock on the evening of the ninth. A list of the dead, wounded, and missing of this command has already