Taking into account the number of men in active service, it is claimed that their percentages of losses in killed and wounded, are as high as the percentage of casualties among volunteer troops in the field.
While this may not be quite true, I have no doubt that their annual losses foot up a high percentage.
Information has been received here that the First Kansas Colored regiment has completed its organization, and is now stationed at Baxter Springs, under command of Colonel James M. Williams. Kansas now has the honor of organizing the first Colored regiment for service in the war. This is highly gratifying and in perfect harmony with the spirit and tradition of her people, who have ever been on the side of justice in regard to the question of slavery.
It is surely fitting that they should take the lead in organizing the late slaves for the defence of the Government and for perpetuating their own freedom.
It will now not be many months before we shall hear of the org
ture or destroy our empty train returning, they would doubtless make some effort to destroy it, if they found that it had only a feeble escort.
And we, from information received through Indians who have been gathering whortleberries in the mountains, are not sure that they have not already a considerable force above here on a kind of expedition of observation.
Information also came from Baxter Springs on the 31st of May, that a portion of the colored regiment stationed there under Colonel Williams, recently had a hard fight with Livingston's guerillas, and lost about twenty men killed.
It seems that Livingston made a raid on the place, for the purpose of driving off the horses and mules kept at that station, and was in a measure successful.
The animals, it is stated, were being herded on the prairie near the post where grazing was best, by a small number of colored soldiers, who were surprised when the rebels dashed upon them.
When we first heard of the colored infantry being
ttery, and one twelve-pound mountain howitzer.
This force and the train reached Baxter Springs, on the 26th of June, where they were joined by Major Foreman of this division, with the six hundred men and one twelve-pound howitzer, which I have already mentioned as having left here on the 20th ultimo.
This force and train moved fifteen miles south of Baxter to Hudson's Ford on Neosho River, where they were detained two days on account of high waters.
While they were thus detained, Colonel J. M. Williams, commanding the colored regiment at Baxter Springs, received information which led him to believe that the escort and train would certainly be attacked on the way down, and perhaps within a day or two after they crossed the Neosho River, by a large force of the enemy.
He, therefore, determined to march his colored regiment to Neosho River, and offer its services to Lieut. Colonel Theo. R. Dodd, Second Colorado infantry, commanding the escort.
Colonel Dodd accepted this reinforceme
ers, with the exception of one or two colored soldiers that he captured last spring in the vicinity of Spring River. Colonel Williams retaliated by shooting an equal number of rebel prisoners which he had captured and held, and then informed Livingstright and left were now warmly engaged, and the enemy commenced to reply with his artillery.
General Blunt went to Colonel Williams and said, Colonel, I think that we have got the location of one of the enemy's batteries.
I wish you would keep youyou see an opportunity, I should like to have you take it at the point of the bayonet with.
your colored regiment.
Colonel Williams remarked that his men were eager to charge the enemy, and if it were possible he would take the battery.
He then adeping up a brisk fire all along the line.
The colored regiment had perhaps fired less than half a dozen rounds when Colonel Williams was wounded in the breast, and was borne to the rear.
Lieut.-Colonel J. Bowles then took command of the regiment, a