when fired that could be distinguished on the field amidst the firing of a hundred ordinary guns.
's battery was always in the thickest of the fight, and the soldiers of the State Guard, as well as the Federals
, soon came to know ‘Old Sacramento's’ voice.
It became so badly grooved from use that it was finally condemned, sent to Memphis
to be recast with other guns, and its identity lost.
had about 650 armed men. His infantry was commanded by Col. Joseph M. Kelly
, his mounted men by Col. Ben Brown
, and his four-gun battery by Capt. Henry Guibor
had Col. John Q. Burbridge
's regiment of infantry, the effective strength of which was 365 officers and men. Slack
had about 700 infantry under Col. John T. Hughes
and Maj. J. C. Thornton
, and 500 mounted men under Col. B. A. Rives
More than a thousand of these were unarmed, and a large number were armed with shotguns and rifles.
Altogether the effective force of Price
's army was not more than 3,000 men.
At this time the Federal
and State forces were a good deal mixed.
Neither knew with any certainty where the other was. The column which Lyon
had sent from St. Louis
to the southwest to capture Jackson
had reached Springfield
about 4,000 strong.
had gone westward from there with his regiment and Salomon
's, a battery and some cavalry, hoping to intercept General Price
, but finding that Price
had already gone on to General McCulloch
's camp he turned and attempted to intercept Governor Jackson
With this view he moved toward Carthage
in the line of Jackson
There he ran across Parsons
' quartermaster, who precipitately retired and informed Parsons
of the proximity of the Federals
This was the first intimation the governor had that the enemy was in his front.
Soon other couriers arrived, saying the Federals
were advancing in force.
thereupon assumed command of all the troops in person, and determined to fight the enemy.
At daybreak next morning, July 5th, the army moved, with Rains
in front and Capt. J. O. Shelby
's company in