different columns should form a junction at Fredericktown
at a given time.
had the exposed side—that toward the interior of the State
—and took the liberty of going as he pleased.
He captured Patterson
and forty of Leper
's band of marauders without firing a gun. He also reached Fredericktown
two days ahead of time, and, finding neither of the other columns there, took Mineral Point
and tore up miles of railroad track between Potosi
and Iron Mountain
reached Fredericktown Shelby
was there, loaded with supplies, which he shared with the other less fortunate commands.
, that is to say, the Federals
evacuated the town and Fort Curtis, September 27th, and retired to Fort Davidson at Pilot Knob
This was a strong, irregular fortification, surrounded by a deep and wide ditch, partially filled with water, and difficult under any circumstances to cross.
determined to assault the fort, though the opinions of his division commanders were opposed to it. Marmaduke
's division was ordered up from the east of Fredericktown
and he was ordered to attack the fort from Shepherd mountain
, while Cabell
attacked from the plain.
was assured there was no ditch around the fort.
made an attack upon the plain and was repulsed, because there was no way of getting into the fort after he reached it. Clark
's brigade dismounted, advanced down the side of Shepherd mountain
through a heavy growth of scrub-oak, and attacked, just after Cabell
had failed, and failed as he had because the men could not cross the ditch.
Some of them got so close to the fort as to be under the enemy's guns, and remained there till night.
That night General Ewing
, who was in command of the garrison, blew up his magazines, left his dead and wounded behind, evacuated the fort and retreated in the direction of the southwest branch of the Pacific railroad.
No pursuit was attempted until nearly noon the next day,