Map of battle of Pea Ridge.|
sinking weary but undaunted on the field it had so nobly won — a field reddened by the blood of many of their foes, including Gens. McCulloch
, both mortally wounded.
was so fearfully overmatched throughout the day that, though always presenting a bold front to the enemy, he was compelled to give ground, sending repeated and urgent representations to Gen. Curtis
that he could hold out but little longer unless reenforced.
sent him from time to time a battalion or a few light guns, with orders to persevere; and at length, at 2 P. M., finding his left wholly unassailed, ordered Gen. Asboth
to move to the right by the Fayetteville
road to Elkhorn Tavern
, to support Carr
, while Gen. Sigel
should reenforce Davis
, pushing on to Elkhorn
if not needed in the center.
, with Asboth
's division, reached Elkhorn
at 5 P. M. He found Carr
still fiercely fighting, having received three or four shots, one of which inflicted a severe wound.
Many of his field officers had fallen, with about one-fourth of his entire command.
He had been seven hours under fire, during which he lad been forced back about half a mile.
came up, he saw the 4th Iowa falling back in perfect order, dressing on their colors as if on parade, and ordered it to face about.
explained that it was entirely out of ammunition, and was only retiring to refill its cartridge-boxes.
ordered a bayonet-charge, and the regiment at once moved steadily back to its former position.
Meantime, Gen. Asboth
had planted his artillery in the road and opened a heavy fire on the Rebel
masses just at hand, while, of his infantry, the 2d Missouri plunged into the fight.
The fire on both sides was close and deadly.