which would put him in front of Blunt
When this point was reached and it was decided to march against Herron
's brigade of Arkansas
cavalry was sent down the Cane Hill
road, ordered to make Blunt
believe it was the advance guard of the main force.
performed his work so well that he entirely deceived Blunt
At the same time Hindman
, with Shelby
's brigade in advance, moved out on the Cove Creek
Between daylight and sunrise Marmaduke
's cavalry, routed it, took nearly a hundred prisoners and drove it back on the main body.
The infantry were coming out of the mountains just at the time the cavalry fight occurred, and hearing the firing and seeing the prisoners moving to the rear, they were so inspired and so eager to get into the fight that with a shout they struck a double-quick of their own accord.
When he came to the direct road connecting Blunt
's regiment down it, with orders to hold Blunt
in check at every cost.
chose a strong position and drove back every detachment sent out on that road, which induced Blunt
to make a march north of eight miles, and then east four miles to form a junction with Herron
's force consisted of Marmaduke
's cavalry division, Parsons
' and Frost
's Missouri infantry divisions, and Shoup
's and Fagan
arrived on the field (December 7th) Marmaduke
told him where Herron
was and advised an immediate attack.
to take position on the center, and to attack Herron
at once and vigorously.
left, but returned in about twenty minutes and informed Hindman
that he had formed his division en echelon—so that he could front to meet an attack from either Herron
—and he thought that the best disposition to make.
endorsed what Shoup
had done, and both of them being West Pointers and plausible talkers, Hindman
permitted himself to be persuaded to accept their view, and told