, who was in front of the line of battle when wounded as well as when killed, appreciated this fact and acted upon it, instead of throwing his life away, it is safe to say he would have won a brilliant victory.
On the march from the battle-field the main body was joined by the remnant of Sigel
's brigade, which had made a complete circuit in rear of the enemy's position.
They were without brigade or regimental commanders, and were escorted by a troop of regular cavalry.
On our arrival in Springfield
it was found that Colonel Sigel
and Colonel Salomon
, commanding the 5th Missouri Regiment, of Sigel
's brigade, had arrived in town some hours before.
then relinquished the command to Colonel Sigel
, and it was determined to retreat toward Rolla
's brigade was placed in advance, and Sturgis
's brigade of regulars was assigned the important post of rear-guard.
This order of march was continued during three days, and the march was so conducted that while the advance would reach camp at a reasonable hour and be able to get supper and rest, the rear-guard, and even the main body, would be kept in the road until late in the night, and then, unable to find their wagons, be compelled to lie down without food.
The clamor for relief from this hardship became so general that Major Sturgis
determined to resume the command, justifying this action upon the ground that Colonel Sigel
, although mustered into the United States
service, had no commission from any competent authority.
protested against this assumption of Major Sturgis
, but the latter was so manifestly sustained by the great majority of the officers of the army that Colonel Sigel
One of Sigel
's officers proposed that the question of title to the command be put to a vote of the assembled officers.
objected on the ground that the vote might possibly be in favor of Sigel