St. Louis Democrat account.
The battle of the seventh of July, near “Bayou Cache
,” won against tremendous odds, resulted in the death of over one hundred and ten rebels and the utter demoralization of six Texan regiments, who have not ventured to molest us since.
The army under General Curtis
was encamped at the junction of the Bayou Cache and Cache River, where our progress was delayed by a blockade of fallen timber.
A road had been cut through this blockade on the evening of the sixth, and early next morning Colonel Hovey
, of the Thirty-third Illinois regiment, was ordered by General Steele
to open the road on the opposite side of the Cache
, make a reconnoissance in front down to the Clarendon
road, along which the army were to march, and also to scour the woods thoroughly.
detailed for this enterprise the following force: Colonel Harris
, of the Eleventh Wisconsin, with parts of four companies of his regiment, namely, company D, Captain Jesse Miller
; company F, Lieutenant Chesebro
; company H, Captain Christie
; company G, Captain Partridge
; and also parts of four companies of the Thirty-third Illinois, namely, company e, Captain Elliott
; company K, Captain Nixon
; company F, Captain Lawton
; and company A, Captain Potter
, who took charge, and one small rifled gun belonging to the First Indiana cavalry.
The whole force numbered not over three hundred and fifty men. Colonel Hovey
started about six A. M., with company D, of the Eleventh Wisconsin, ahead.
Skirmishers were thrown out, and in this way they proceeded to the Hill plantation
, at the forks of the road, four miles distant from camp.
On the way some pickets were driven in. The main road here leads to Cotton Plant
The road to the left is a neighborhood road, while that turning to the side leads across the Cache
, four miles distant, and thence to the Des Are
, on the White River
Detachments were sent forward on each of these roads to reconnoitre.
, with three companies of the Eleventh Wisconsin, and Captain Potter
, with the small rifle piece, proceeded rapidly down the Des Are road, having no cavalry.
They passed a cornfield on the left, entered an open wood, and reaching a turn in the road, at the same time rising up in elevation, they fell in with two Texan regiments of cavalry, with a regiment of conscript infantry drawn up on their right, ready to receive them.
The rebels fired a murderous volley as soon as our men got into the snare, killing five of our men and wounding Colonel Harris
and Captain Potter
Our men returned the fire and fell back, the enemy being too preponderating in numbers to withstand with our little force.
potter, though wounded, gave them a few rounds from his piece, and fell back, firing into the enemy's ranks.
The rebels then made a charge, and the retreat of our men became temporarily a panic.
hearing the firing, and judging the turn affairs were taking by the clouds of dust which rose and filled the air above the trees, took the remaining companies