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Dug Springs (New Mexico, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
rd, 44. he hastens toward Springfield Confederates marching on that town, 45. Lyon goes out to meet them battle at Dug Springs, 46. Price and McCulloch at variance the Confederates at Wilson's Creek, 47. Lyon marches out to attack them, 48. the morning, excessively annoyed by heat and dust, and intense thirst, for most of the wells and streams were dry. At Dug Springs, nineteen miles southwest of Springfield, they halted. They were in an oblong valley, five miles in length, and brokn of the Confederates now withdrew, leaving the valley in possession of the National troops. Thus ended the battle of Dug Springs. Lyon's loss was eight men killed and thirty wounded, and that of the Confederates was about forty killed and as many1, inclusive. The events of the past few days had given great encouragement to both officers and men. The affair at Dug Springs impressed General McCulloch (a part of whose column it was that had been so smitten there) with the importance of grea
Cassville (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
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, foose of July, Lyon was informed that the Confederates were marching upon Springfield in two columns (in the aggregate, more than twenty thousand strong); one from Cassville, on the south, and the other from Sarcoxie, on the west, for the purpose of investing the National camp and the town. He determined to go out and meet them; and, late in the afternoon of the 1st of August, his entire army (5,500 foot, 400 horse, and 18 guns), led by himself, moved toward Cassville, with the exception of a small force left behind to guard the city. Lyon's force at this time consisted of five companies of the First and Second Regulars, under Major Sturgis; five companies
Paris, Mo. (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
hat. The Union forces reached Rolla, a point of railway communication with St. Louis, on the 19th of August, where Camp good hope was established. The southern portion of Missouri was now left open to the sway of the Confederates, and they were securing important footholds in the vicinity of the Mississippi River. In the mean time, Harris, one of Governor Jackson's brigadiers, had been making a formidable display of power in Northeastern Missouri. He had rallied a considerable force at Paris, and commenced the work of destroying the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railway. He was driven away by loyal forces under Colonel Smith, when he organized guerrilla parties to harass and plunder the Union people. Finally, with twenty-seven hundred men, he joined General Price before Lexington. Other organized bands of Secessionists had been operating in Northeastern Missouri at the same time, and had compelled the Unionists to organize and arm themselves for defense. The latter, under Colone
Barton (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
ion 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. With these troops, and with his baggage-train three miles in the rear, he slowly advanced to find his foe on the morning of the 5th, his skirmishers driving before them large numbers of mounted rifle
Benton, Illinois (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
to be unable to go forward. . . I ought to have your support before engaging the enemy on my front. . . . . Without the co-operation of your force, I doubt if I can reach you at Ironton, except in a very critical condition. We ought to unite at Benton. Autograph letter of General Pillow, dated, Headquarters Army of liberation, August 5th, 1861. He informed Hardee that General Thompson, Governor Jackson, and Lieutenant-Governor Reynolds were with him, and that they all regarded the union ofrom St. Louis, did not seem disposed to aid Pillow in his designs; whilst Polk, according to a letter from Lewis G. De Russey, his aid-de-camp, dated at Fort Pillow on the 17th of August, was anxious for Pillow and Hardee to join their forces at Benton, and march upon St. Louis. In this undecided state, the question concerning offensive movements in Missouri remained until the close of August, when the National forces at Ironton, the Cape, and Bird's Point, had been so increased, that any forw
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 3
it as a brilliant victory, achieved upon a hard-fought field, and said the Confederates had scattered far and wide the well-appointed army which the usurper at Washington had been for more than six months gathering. The Confederate Congress, at Richmond, on the 21st of August, in the preamble to a resolution of thanks tendered t in the whole West; and instead of shouting Ho I for Richmond! and Ho! for New Orleans! there will be hurrying to and fro, among the frightened magnates at Washington, and anxious inquiries of what they shall do to save themselves from the vengeance to come. Indeed, McCulloch, in his first official report, only said of the red at New York were detained for the use of the Army of the Potomac. Indeed, the National authorities were so absorbed in taking measures for the defense of Washington City, that the care of the Government was little felt in the West, for a time. Fremont. perceived that he could be useful only by assuming grave responsibilitie
Mount Vernon (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
rty to forty killed, and from one hundred and twenty-five to one hundred and fifty wounded. Pollard's First Year of the War, page 133. It is believed that the entire loss of the Confederates was at least 800 men. They also lost forty-five men made prisoners, eighty horses, and a considerable number of shot-guns, with which Jackson's cavalry were armed. Being outnumbered by the Confederates, more than three to one, Colonel Sigel did not tarry at Sarcoxie, but continued his retreat by Mount Vernon to Springfield, where he was joined by General Lyon on the 13th, July, 1861. who took the chief command. It was a fortunate movement for Sigel; for within twelve hours after the battle, Jackson was re-enforced by Generals Price and Ben McCulloch, who came with several thousand Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas troops. General Lyon had left Booneville in pursuit of the fugitive Confederates on the 3d of July, with a little army numbering about twenty-seven hundred men, with four pieces of
Neosho, Mo. (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
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 Rrd 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 wnd to gain information, while he pushed on with the remainder of his command to Neosho, receiving greetings of welcome from the inhabitants on the way, who had been pd 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 n the mean time, Captain Conrad and his company of ninety men, who were left in Neosho, had been captured by the Confederates. Report of Colonel Sigel to Brigadieralled a session of the disloyal members of the General Assembly of Missouri, at Neosho, on the 21st of October. In his message to that body, on the 28th of October,
Spring River (Arkansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
tion 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 Bartonis orderly retreat to the heights near Carthage, having been engaged in a running fight nearly all the way. The Confederates still pressed him sorely. He attempted to give his troops rest at the village, but the cavalry of his enemy, crossing Spring River at various points, hung so threateningly on his flank, and so menaced the Springfield road, that he continued his retreat to Sarcoxie without much molestation, the Confederates relinquishing the pursuit a few miles from Carthage. The National
Commerce, Mo. (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
e rural districts, the armed secessionists began again to distress the loyal people. In bands they moved over the country, plundering and destroying. Almost daily, collisions between them and the Home Guards occurred. One of the most severe of these conflicts took place at Charleston, west of Bird's Point, on the 19th, August. when three hundred Illinois Volunteers, under Colonel Dougherty, put twelve hundred Confederates to flight. Two days afterward, a battery planted by Thompson, at Commerce, was captured by National troops sent out from Cape Girardeau; and everywhere the loyalists were successful in this sort of warfare. But the condition of public affairs in Missouri was becoming daily more alarming. The provisional government was almost powerless, and Governor Gamble, by a mistaken policy, seriously injured the public service at that critical time by refusing to commission military officers appointed by Fremont. The President commissioned them himself, and the work of org
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