I had somewhat over one hundred men under me, and was to have formed the rear-guard of cavalry for Sigel's and Asboth's divisions, but, owing to delay on the part of other cavalry, ordered for advance-guard, the arrangement was suddenly changed at three A. M., we having been ordered to be ready to march at two A. M., and I was ordered to the advance with fifty men.
He showed himself entirely equal to the duties which devolved upon him. On the 7th he made a charge upon the enemy, the effect of which was favorable to the success of our arms during that part of the engagement.
From the time of his promotion to a first lieutenancy, he was doing the duty of a captain, although his promotion to a captaincy was long deferred.
On the 1st of May, 1862, his name was sent to the Governor
for promotion to a captaincy, but as late as August 5th he wrote: ‘You are right in continuing to address me as Lieutenant
My promotion is based on the transfer of one of our captains to a battery of which he has been in command for some time.
Until this is accomplished, my title will not come.’
It was not until the 4th of November, 1862, that he was appointed and commissioned, by the Governor
, as Captain
, Company C, Fourth Regiment Missouri Cavalry, to rank from the 4th of September, 1862.
's duties while in the Department of the West were arduous and severe.
In the midst of these labors, a year from the time he left his home, he received the sad tidings of the death of his brother Wilder, who fell at Antietam
On this occasion he wrote from Helena, Arkansas
, September 31, 1862, as follows:—
I cannot think of it as real yet; the void it makes in the home that is almost constantly in my mind is so great.
I had seen by telegram, in one of the papers, that Wilder was wounded, but some how had not for a moment felt it possible that he could be lost to us. To me he has ever been the most affectionate brother and truest friend when I have most needed aid.
It is a great comfort to me, however, to reflect that his death was one which had no horrors for him, and to the possibility of