He further says:
Our total loss, in killed, wounded, and missing, amounts to 1.235--that of the enemy will probably reach 3,000.
Beyond doubt, the Rebel
army was considerably larger than ours — probably about two to one.
It embodied not only the mass of the Missouri Rebels
under Gen. Price
, as well as those of Arkansas
, but a considerable force, also, from Texas
, with one regiment from Louisiana
Among its losses were Col. Weightman
, commanding a brigade of Missourians, while Gens. Slack
were severely, and Gen. Price
Yet the preponderance of losses was undoubtedly on our side; that of Lyon
alone being a national disaster.1 McCulloch
, from his camp near Springfield
, on the 12th, after learning that the Union
army, under Sturgis
, had retreated from that city, issued an exulting proclamation, in which he said:
We have gained over them a great and signal victory.
Their general-in-chief is slain, and many of their other general officers wounded; their army is in full flight; and now, if the true men of Missouri will rise up and rally around our standard, the State will be redeemed. * * *
Missouri must be allowed to choose her own destiny — no oaths binding your consciences.
I have driven the enemy from among you. The time has now arrived for the people of the State to act. You can no longer procrastinate.
Missouri must now take her position, be it North or South.
In an order to his army, issued that day, he says:
The flag of the Confederacy now floats near Springfield, the stronghold of the enemy, --
proving that he did not, even yet, feel strong enough to attack that city.
was neither fortified nor provisioned for a siege; while the immense preponderance of the Rebels
in cavalry would have enabled them to cut off our supplies from every quarter: a retreat was, therefore, wisely determined on, and commenced during the night of the 14th.
On the 19th, our little army, with a baggage train five miles long, reached Rolla
Indeed, it does not seem to have been even pursued.2
John C. Fremont
had, on the 9th of July, been appointed to the command of the Western District, including the States of Illinois
, and Kansas
, with the Territories
stretching westward of these; but was still in New-York
, endeavoring to obtain necessary arms, equipments, and munitions, when