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Pool's Prairie (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
y from the Osage River in a southwesterly direction. He pushed on to Sarcoxie, a post-village in Jackson County, where he arrived toward the evening of the 28th, and learned that General Price, with about nine hundred troops, was encamped at Pool's Prairie, a few miles north of Neosho, the capital of Newton County, and that other State troops, under Jackson and Rains, were making their way in the same direction. It. was important to prevent their junction. Sigel resolved to march first on Priith General Lyon, who, he had been informed (but incorrectly), had been fighting with the Confederates on the banks of the Little Osage. Sigel's march from Sarcoxie had just commenced, when a scout brought him word that Price had fled from Pool's Prairie to Elk Mills, thirty miles south of Neosho. He at once turned his attention to the troops north of him, who he supposed were endeavoring to make their way into Arkansas.. He sent forward a detachment of two companies, under Captain Grone, w
Fayetteville (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
t his artillery into a commanding position, and with it drove his foes into the woods. Hearing the continued roar of Lyon's heavy guns, Sigel now pressed forward to attack the Confederate line of battle in the rear. He had passed along the Fayetteville road, as far as Sharp's farm, with about a hundred prisoners whom he had captured,when the firing at the northward almost ceased. Seeing at the same time large numbers of the Confederates moving southward, he believed that Lyon had won a victon's column contending with the Confederates in front, when each party in turn had been compelled to give way, but, equally brave and determined, had renewed the contest with vigor. At length, as we have seen, when Sigel was pushing along the Fayetteville road, to strike the Confederate rear, the firing had ceased along almost the entire line. The exception was on the extreme right of the National forces, where the First Missouri, assisted by the First Iowa and Kansas regiments, were valiantly
Kansas (Kansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
of Rolla, pushing with eager Missouri loyalists toward the Confederate camps, on the borders of Kansas and Arkansas. See page 543, volume I. Colonel Sigel arrived at Springfield on the 23d of the Osage, in Henry County, on the 7th, July. where he was joined by three thousand troops from Kansas, under Major Sturgis. The whole force crossed the river, by means of a single scow, by ten o'cleks, the Confederates had been driven into the southwestern corner of Missouri, on the border of Kansas and Arkansas. Now they were making vigorous preparations to regain the territory they had lost.e extreme right of the National forces, where the First Missouri, assisted by the First Iowa and Kansas regiments, were valiantly beating back the foe, in their attempts to turn that flank. They were of battle, unobserved, behind a ridge, and suddenly dashed toward the National rear, where some Kansas troops were guarding ambulances for the wounded. Volleys from infantry did not check their move
Jasper (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
of welcome from the inhabitants on the way, who had been pillaged by the insurgents. He had already summoned Colonel Salomon, with his Missouri battalion, to join him at Neosho, and with this addition to his force, he went forward to meet his foe, leaving a single rifle company, under Captain Conrad, to protect the loyal inhabitants there, with orders to retreat to Sarcoxie if necessary. Sigel encamped close by the south fork of the Spring River, southeast of Carthage, the capital of Jasper County, on the evening of the 4th of July, after a march of twenty-five miles, where he was informed that Jackson was nine or ten miles distant, in the direction of Lamar, the county seat of Barton County, with four or five thousand men. Sigel's force consisted of about five hundred and fifty men of the Third (his own) Missouri Regiment, and four hundred of the Fifth (Salomon's) Regiment, with two batteries of artillery, each consisting of four field-pieces — in all about fifteen hundred men. W
Louisiana (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
gunboats from New Orleans, to operate between New Madrid and Cairo. Autograph letter of Leonidas Polk to Gideon J. Pillow, dated at Memphis, August 5th, 1861. Fremont returned to St. Louis on the 4th of August, having accomplished the immediate objects of his undertaking. He had spread great alarm among the Confederates immediately confronting him, who were somewhat distracted by divided commanders. Polk was chief; General Polk, as we have observed, was Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana, of the Protestant Episcopal Church, when the war broke out. A correspondent of the New Orleans Picayune, writing from Richmond on the day of Polk's appointment as major-general in the Confederate service, related the secret history of his laying aside the crook of the bishop for the sword of the soldier. He had been urged to take the appointment, his military education at the-West Point Academy being thought sufficient to promise a successful career in the field. He finally visited Bish
Leavenworth, Kansas (Kansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
s, went steadily on. Satisfied that nothing but martial law and the most stringent measures toward the secessionists would secure peace and quiet to Missouri, and safety to the cause, Fremont took the administration of public affairs there into his own hands, and on the 31st of August he issued a proclamation, in which he declared that martial law was thereby established throughout Missouri, and that the lines of the Army of Occupation in that State extended, for the present, from Leavenworth, in Kansas, by way of the posts of Jefferson City, Rolla, and Ironton, to Cape Girardeau on the Mississippi River. He declared that all persons within those lines taken with arms in their hands should be tried by court-martial, and, if found guilty, should be shot; M. Jeff. Thompson, already mentioned, and who became the terror of all law-abiding citizens in Missouri, issued a proclamation on the 2d of September, declaring that he was intrusted by Acting Governor Reynolds not only with the
East Hartford (Connecticut, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
confusion of abandoning Springfield, the next morning, it was again left behind, when, after being carefully prepared for burial by two members of Brigadier-General Clark's staff, it was delivered to the care of Mrs. Phelps (wife of J. S. Phelps, a former member of Congress from Missouri, and a stanch Union man), who caused it to be buried. A few days afterward it was disinterred and sent to St. Louis, and from there it was conveyed to its final resting-place in a churchyard at East Hartford, in Connecticut. Under the general command of Colonel Sigel, the entire Union force left Springfield the next morning, August 11. at three o'clock, and in good order retreated to Rolla, one hundred and twenty-five miles distant, in the direction of St. Louis, safely conducting a Government train, five miles in length, and valued at one million five hundred thousand dollars. The Confederates, so greatly superior in numbers, did not follow, thereby acknowledging the groundlessness of their cl
Iowa (Iowa, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
time during the battle the Union soldiers had been deceived by this stratagem. In this case the Confederates came, having an appearance exactly like Sigel's men, and the battery with which they announced their true character was composed of Sigel's captured guns! Their voice was the signal for a renewal of the conflict, and they were speedily silenced by Dubois, supported by Osterhaus and a remnant of the First Missouri. The battle raged fiercely for a time. Totten's Battery, supported by Iowa and Regular troops, in the center of the National line, was the special object of attack. The two armies were sometimes within a few feet of each other, and faces were scorched by the flash of a foeman's gun. The Union column stood like a rock in the midst of turbulent waves, dashing them into foam. Its opponents were vastly its superior in numbers. At length its line, pressed by an enormous weight, began to bend. At that critical moment Captain Granger dashed forward from the rear with t
Barry (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
D. Lyon encamped near Springfield, July 13 1861. and then prepared to contend with. the overwhelming and continually increasing number of his enemies. Within the period of a few weeks, the Confederates had been driven into the southwestern corner of Missouri, on the border of Kansas and Arkansas. Now they were making vigorous preparations to regain the territory they had lost. They had been largely re-enforced, and were especially strong in cavalry. At Cassville, the capital of Barry County, near the Arkansas line, on the great overland mail route, they established a general rendezvous; and there, on the 29th of July, four Southern armies, under the respective commands of Generals Price, McCulloch. Pearce, and McBride, effected a junction. At that time General Lyon, with his little force daily diminishing by the expiration of the terms of enlistment, was confined in a defensive attitude to, the immediate vicinity of Springfield. He had called repeatedly for re-enforcemen
Bird's Point, Mo. (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
of vast importance in his plans for seizing Bird's Point and Cairo. Whilst engaged in strongly fortg New Madrid his base of operations against Bird's Point and Cairo, and of preventing armed vessels have suspended the movementsforward against Bird's Point and Cairo for the relief of Missouri. The s, preparatory to an immediate advance upon Bird's Point and Cairo, while Hardee, with a considerabl danger. To avert the perils threatening Bird's Point and Cairo, Fremont secretly and quickly preson, was preparing to seize Cape Girardeau, Bird's Point, and Cairo, and overrun Southern Illinois, and with that victory to gain possession of Bird's Point and Cairo, was tardy in his obedience, and hearts on the seizure of Cape Girardeau and Bird's Point, whilst Hardee was aiming at a similar resue National forces at Ironton, the Cape, and Bird's Point, had been so increased, that any forward moconflicts took place at Charleston, west of Bird's Point, on the 19th, August. when three hundred I
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