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[622] manner. The troops of your brigade acted with great coolness and courage on the field, and during the retreat, about dark, the enemy withdrew their force from the field.

Having secured the retreat of the forces of Gen. Salomon, I drew off the men under my command. Our only casualty was one man badly wounded by the bursting of the shell. General Salomon's troops were scattered from near the battle-field to Sarcoxie. I saw them all safely back to Sarcoxie. I there on this morning met Gen. Salomon. He declined renewing the attack upon the enemy. It therefore became my duty to march the brigade back to Centre Creek to protect the train.

I arrived at camp about ten o'clock A. M. of this first instant. I found every thing safe.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

George H. Hall, Colonel Fourth Cavalry, M. S.M., Commanding Brigade.

General rains's report.

Headquarters in the field, Elk horn, October 4, 1862.
To Major-General T. C. Hindman:
General: Colonels Cooper and Shelby repulsed the enemy, four to five thousand strong, at Newtonia, on the thirtieth September, killing one hundred and fifty; captured one hundred and fifteen prisoners; number of wounded not known. The enemy, commanded by Brig.-Gen. Salomon, fell back to Sarcoxie, a distance of fifteen miles, which place they now occupy in considerable force, having been reenforced from Kansas. The entire command at Sarcoxie is from Kansas. The prisoners taken are of the Wisconsin Ninth, Salomon's brag regiment.

The enemy still occupy Springfield and Mount Vernon, with two thousand at Cane Creek, twenty-five miles south of Springfield.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

James S. Rains, Brigadler-General.

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