g of five regiments, was mustered into service by General Lyon, under special authority from the War Department.
Upon the cordial invitation of the officers of the 1st Regiment, I accepted the place of major of that regiment, mustered myself into service as such, and devoted all the time that could be spared from my mustering duties to instructing the officers in tactics and military administration—a labor which was abundantly repaid by the splendid record soon made by that regiment.
On June 24 I made a full report to the adjutantgen-eral of the discharge of my duties as mustering officer, including three new regiments of three years volunteers whose muster would be completed in a few days.
With this report my connection with that service was terminated.
On the following day I was relieved from mustering duty, and at General Lyon's request was ordered to report to him at Boonville, remaining with him as adjutant-general and chief of staff until his death at Wilson's Creek.
s quickly took the hint and changed the tune.
Such little courtesies from our friends the enemy were not at all uncommon in the short intervals of rest from deadly work.
General Sherman says in Vol.
II, page 60, of his Memoirs:
During the 24th and 25th of June, General Schofield extended his right as far as prudent, so as to compel the enemy to thin out his lines correspondingly, with the intention to make two strong assaults at points where success would give us the greatest advantage.nding general.
The responsibility was entirely Sherman's, as he afterward frankly stated; and I presume he did not mean to imply otherwise by the language used in his Memoirs above quoted (Vol.
II, page 60). General Sherman's orders, issued on June 24 (Special Field Orders, No. 28), directed each of the three armies to make an attack (under the word assault for Thomas and attack for McPherson and me). I had made all preparations to carry out the order on my part.
Being visited by General She