— an incident.--A most thrilling incident of the terrible fight at Prairie Grove
is thus related by Lieutenant Will
. S. Brooks
, of the Nineteenth Iowa volunteers.
“The fight was most determined and the slaughter immense.
I was struck at four o'clock P. M., while we were being driven back from a too far advanced position.
We were outflanked and had to run three hundred yards over open ground and exposed to a murderous fire from the right, left, and centre, or rear; here we lost Lieutenant-Colonel McFarland
We lost one half our regiment, and, in company D, more than half our effective men. I was hit at the commencement of the retreat, and was near being captured, as I could not run. When more than half-way to our battery the color-sergeant fell, and I received the colors.
The pursuing rebel colonel shouted: ‘God d — n them, take their colors!’
This enraged me, and I hallooed back: ‘ You can't do it.’
The cowardly rascals did not dare to close on me, but let go a volley which left nine holes in the flag and eighteen in my clothes!
Four bullets passed through the cuff of my shirt-sleeve, but they could not wound the hand that held the old flag.” --Peoria