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ny of action between the Missouri and Arkansas troops, or, rather, between the commanders of the respective forces, the soldiers being on the best of terms, and their sympathies alike in many respects.
The Arkansans were eager to advance against the enemy wherever they could find him, and were equally indignant at the cruelties of war inflicted upon the once prosperous and happy districts of Missouri, which the enemy had invaded and ravaged.
They were sorry they could not have a chance at Fremont, who had induced the large enlistment of Germans in the Federal army—Dutch, as they were called all alike—immigrants lately from a strange land, but eager to precipitate themselves into a conflict growing out of questions that were supposed to be settled and compromised in the formation of the government that offered them an asylum.
They were principally from the servile grades of their own land; ignorant, brutal, and needing to be instructed to in matters of government and conduct of civ