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were composed of the whole of the Third Regiment and a battalion of the Fifth Regiment of Missouri Union Volunteers, as follows: Third regiment of Missouri Union Volunteers. Colonel commanding expedition, Franz Siegel. First battalion.--First Artillery Company, designated as Company A--Capt. Backoff; Company A--Capt. Henry Bishop; Company B--Capt. D. Conrath; Company C--Capt. Cramer; Company D--Capt. Zais. Second battalion.--Second Artillery Company, designated as Company E--Capt. Wilkins; Company F--Capt. Hartmann; Company G-Capt. Hackmann; Company H--Capt. J. E. Stroudtmann; Company I--Capt. F. E. Schreiner. regimental staff.--Adjutant. C. Heinricks; Quartermaster, C. E. Stark; Ordnance Officer, F. Koerner. Fifth regiment of Missouri Union Volunteers. Colonel, C. E. Salomon; Lieutenant-Colonel, C. D. Wolff. (As Colonel Salomon was in command at Springfield at last advices, doubtless the battalion was under the charge of Lieutenant-Colonel Wolff, who has sinc
e directed against the right centre of the enemy, which had the effect in a short time of considerably weakening the fire of the rebels at this point. I now formed a chain of skirmishers between our cannon, ordering two of Capt. Essig's pieces from the right to the left wing, and gave my officers and men to understand that it was my intention to gain the height by advancing with my left wing, and taking position on the right flank of the centre of the enemy. At this critical moment Capt. Wilkins, commander of one of our two batteries, declared that he could not advance for want of ammunition. No time was to be lost, as part of our troops were already engaged with the hostile cavalry at the extreme right and left, and as it seemed to me of very doubtful expediency to advance with the remainder without due support of artillery. The moral effect which the hostile cavalry made in our rear could not be denied, although the real danger was not great. The threatening loss of our ent