different from their own, are now at the mercy of this neighbor.
And it is certainly commendable of those who were recently in the minority here, that they do not display a spirit of revenge.
It was at this place in November, 1861, while General Price's army were encamped in the vicinity, that Governor Jackson convened the Rump Legislature, which went through the farce of ratifying the ordinance of Secession.
The event was celebrated by the booming of artillery; and great speeches were ma several sharp contests with the enemy here.
About the 2d of July, 1861, some eighty men of General Sigel's Command, under Captain Conrad of the Third Missouri infantry, were surrounded in the Court House and captured by the rebel army under Generals Price and McCulloch, then marching up from Camp Walker to join Generals Rains and Parsons. And early last spring several companies of the Seventh Missouri cavalry were surprised by the enemy and defeated with some loss in killed, wounded and prison
oticed a number of trees still bearing marks of shot and shell and small arms.
General Curtis' forces not only drove Sterling Price's army out of Missouri into Arkansas, attacking it first at Springfield and then at Sugar Creek, but pursued them to Fayetteville, twenty miles south of here.
Some sixteen miles south of Fayetteville General Price met the combined forces of Generals McCulloch, McIntosh and Pike. General Van Dorn, who had recently been appointed by the Confederate authorities to herefore obliged to make a — change of front; that is, his line of battle must now front north instead of south.
General Sterling Price's forces occupied the Springfield road directly north of General Curtis' camp, and the divisions of the enemy under Generals McCulloch and McIntosh held positions directly north of General Sigel, some three miles west of Price.
On the 7th the battle opened on our right, and raged furiously during the entire day with varying results.
When night came our righ
small arms, than to have shells bursting around their heads in a court house hall.
But burning such buildings in the towns, as would answer the purpose of quartering a company ,of troops, may be of some advantage to the enemy, while he is determined to keep up a guerilla warfare.
In the burning of county property, which has been done in a good many instances, the enemy have not often destroyed county records, for most of such records were carried away or concealed by the rebels --when General Price's forces were driven out of Missouri in February, 1862.
As a general thing, perhaps, both parties feel an interest in preventing the destruction of county records.
Unless the county records can be restored after the war, a good deal of confusion is likely to arise in regard to the titles to property.
Those owning real estate in Missouri, cannot but feel some anxiety in regard to the matter.
Though it may be that the General Land Officer will show to whom any given piece of property
hat Colonel Cloud's brigade has been ordered back from that section to the southern line of Missouri, in consequence of the threatened invasion by a portion of General Price's army, recently driven from Little Rock by our troops under Generals Steele and Davidson. Colonel Bowen, commanding the Second Brigade, stationed at Webber'slls above Fort Smith, has probably marched to the latter place by this time, to relieve Colonel Cloud.
Unless Generals Steele and Davidson continue the pursuit of Price's army from Little Rock, it will likely either march to Fort Smith, and attack our forces there, or turn north and invade Missouri.
From such information as I canvolunteers stationed at the different points, can soon concentrate in sufficient force to keep them moving.
Since Vicksburg has fallen, and Little Rock abandoned, Price's army has really nothing else to do but to send its cavalry on this contemplated raid.
The cavalry divisions above mentioned are composed of Missourians, and the
rell's forces cross the Arkansas River near Fort Gibson, on the way north
were defeated by Colonel Phillips' troops
General Price threatens Fort Smith
attempt of the enemy to spike the seige guns at Fort Scott
the Missouri militia defeat Quantres there is no organized force of the enemy in that section that he could hope to bring to an engagement very soon, though Price's army occasionally assumes a threatening attitude.
The supply train for Fort Smith moved out on the morning of Decemht their broken detachments have moved northward.
A dispatch just received from Fort Smith, Arkansas, states that General Price is collecting his forces together and threatening to attack that place.
It does not seem probable, however, that he ons, that he will at present risk a general engagement with our victorious troops.
It is not therefore probable that General Price will be able to fulfill his promise in regard to treating his soldiers with a Christmas dinner from Federal rations a