's headquarters, and at once agreed to aid the Missourians.
also agreed to aid them with his Arkansas
The next day, the 4th of July, McCulloch
's mounted Confederate regiment, Gratiot
's Arkansas infantry, Carroll
's mounted regiment and Woodruff
's battery; reached Price
's camp the same day, were joined by him, and continued their march northward to rescue Governor Jackson
and his party.
Under the impression that the governor was pressed by Lyon
on one side and Sigel
on the other, McCulloch
left his infantry behind, and he and Price
pressed forward to his relief.
On approaching Neosho
with two companies to capture a company Sigel
had left there.
did without firing a gun. He not only took 137 prisoners, but what was of more importance, captured 510 stand of arms and seven wagons loaded with army supplies.
At the break of day on the 6th, the whole force was on the march again to Carthage
, but during the day learned that the governor and his command had defeated Sigel
and were en route to join them.
with their troops then returned to Maysville
, and Price
, taking command of the Missourians, returned to Cowskin prairie
and went to work organizing them into companies and regiments.
Under the circumstances, this was hard work He had no arms, no military supplies, and no money to buy any. The men never expected to be and never were paid.
But men and horses had to be fed, and on Cowskin prairie
there was little but green corn and poor beef upon which to feed them.
Quartermaster-Gen. James Harding
and Chief Commissary John Reid
went to Fort Smith
, and then to Little Rock
, in search of supplies, but that was a slow process.
The men and horses managed to live on what the country afforded, and while General Harding
was absent, Col. Edward Haren
acted as quartermaster-general, and by his activity, industry