r, and accordingly so declares — subject, however, to the ratification of the people at such future time as their impartial and unbiased verdict can be obtained through the ballot-box.--(Doc. 163.)
Gen. Lyon with his forces fell back on Springfield, Mo. The rebels were advancing on the latter place by four different roads, and their advance was from ten to fifteen miles distant. Three of the routes on which the enemy were moving, were the Neosho, Carthage, and the Overland roads.
It was expected that the enemy were resolved on an immediate attack, from the fact that their commissariat was in a miserable condition, the rebels depending on forced contributions for temporary supplies.
It was generally remarked in Springfield that Gen. Lyon was perfectly confident of success, in the event of an attack.
The latest estimate places the rebel force at twenty thousand.
Their arms are thought to be very inferior, judged by the specimens taken during the skirmish at Dug