on the morning of the 14th of September, by charging them from all sides at once.
The rout was instantaneous and complete.
Of the 250 a few escaped to the brush and the rest were killed.
The spoils of the expedition were 200 new minie rifles, lately issued to them at Fort Scott
Gen. James S. Rains
was in command of the unorganized infantry, and with about 2,500 of them was encamped on the Pea Ridge
battlefield, protecting the transportation of lead from the Granby mines to Little Rock
To stop this supply of a prime necessity of war to the Confederates
, the Federals
with a force 500 strong.
Maj. David Shanks
was sent by Shelby
with five companies of his regiment to drive them out, which he did on the morning of the 23d by charging their pickets with his whole force and going into the town with them.
The Federals were surprised and fled, losing 27 killed and wounded and 43 prisoners. All the lead that had been accumulated under the supervision of the Federals
was loaded in wagons and sent to Rains
But these were mostly forays, and served no purpose but to attract attention to the brigade.
had quietly collected an army 20,000 strong at St. Louis
, and observing the trouble in the southwest and that Shelby
persistently remained in the State
, moved his whole force down to the scene of disturbance.
On the other hand, Col. Douglas H. Cooper
came from the Cherokee Nation
with a mixed force of Texans, Indians and half-breeds, about 4,000 strong, to Shelby
was the ranking officer, and on the junction of the forces, took command, and threw Colonel Hawpe
, with a battalion of Texas
cavalry, forward to Newtonia
had a considerable force there, supported by two pieces of artillery from Capt. Joe Bledsoe
, who had served under Sigel
in the Wilson's Creek
campaign, was sent by Schofield