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-The North set out in this contest under several very remarkable, but at the same time very comfortable delusions. They considered it a plain proposition that twenty millions of people could readily whip eight; and they accordingly began to parcel out our Southern lands in Yankee farms before they commenced their invasion; forgetting the homely maxim, "better not count your chickens before they are hatched" This delusion has somewhat cleared away since the affairs at Bethel, Manassas and Springfield, but still retains a chronic hold upon the Northern mind. Another delusion was fondly cherished in regard to our slave population. They confidently expected our negroes to rise upon their masters at the first alarm of war; and a servile insurrection to rage throughout the South, while their victorious armies were marching triumphantly, plundering and ravishing, ad-libitum, through our territory. This delusion, too, has been dispelled. The negroes were never so quiet, never so loya
ented Lyon's command, through fear, from moving forward, and intimidated a large force of infantry, which never did get on the field. These facts will never be fully known, unless the enemy make a fair report and true statement of facts. I hope they may do so. "As soon as the cavalry under me (I was acting as Brigadier General) left the rear of the enemy, they retreated from the field. I moved my command around, and received orders from General McCulloch to take a position on a commanding ridge. I there learned that Siegel, with two pieces of cannon and two or three thousand Dutch, had gone down the road. I dispatched two of my Texas companies and one Missouri company after him. They captured his regimental flag and cannon, and killed and captured nearly all of his men. Siegel got into Springfield with two men only. Myself and command were ordered in pursuit of the enemy, but unfortunately ordered in the wrong direction. We remained in the saddle from sunrise to sunset.
which now rested upon me was duly felt and appreciated. Our brave little army was scattered and broken; over 20,000 men were still in our front, and our men had had no water since 5 o'clock the evening before, and could hope for none short of Springfield, twelve miles distant; if we should go forward, our own success would prove our certain defeat in the end; if we retreated, disaster stared us in the face; our ammunition was well nigh exhausted, and should the enemy make this discovery through had just driven the enemy from the right of the centre, and, after a sharp engagement, drove him precipitately from the field. Thus closed — at about 11 ½ o'clock--an almost uninterrupted conflict of six hours. The order to retreat was given soon after the enemy gave way from our front and centre. After making short halt on the prairie, we continued our march to Springfield. Our total loss in killed, wounded and missing, amounts to 1,235--that of the enemy will probably reach 3,000.
From Missouri. Rolla, Mo., Sept. 10 --Some prisoners were sent to St. Louis this morning who were captured in skirmishes. Two Captains in the number had General McKinstrey's passes in their pockets. Governor Jackson left for Springfield on Sunday night to join the State forces.