left and was in his rear.
, with two regiments of infantry, six pieces of artillery and two companies of cavalry, aggregating about , 5000 men, had made a similar movement and turned the right flank of the Confederates
He planted a battery on a small hill within 500 yards of Churchill
's camp, disposed his men so as to capture every one coming or going, and waited for Lyon
to begin the fight.
halted in sight of Rains
' camp fires until dawn and then resumed his march, with Plummer
's regulars in advance.
The Confederates had withdrawn their pickets in anticipation of moving themselves, and when the movement was abandoned had not sent them out again.
Just at daylight Rains
for some reason became suspicious, and sent a staff officer with a small detachment to reconnoiter.
The officer soon came back in haste and informed him that the enemy were advancing in force with cavalry, artillery, and infantry, from the southwest.
instantly informed General Price
, and formed his own command.
was at Price
's quarters, and this was the first intimation either of them had that Lyon
and his army were upon them.
discredited the information, and said he would go himself and see about it, but before he could mount his horse another messenger came with the information that Rains
was falling back before overwhelming numbers, and at the same time came the report of Lyon
's artillery, which was followed in a moment by the guns of Sigel
, who hadopened fire on Churchill
, and was driving them in confusion out of the little valley in which they were encamped, as Lyon
was driving Rains
mounted and galloped to take command of the Confederates
on the east side of the creek, and Price
, ordering his infantry and artillery to follow, rushed up Bloody Hill
—a considerable eminence in the midst of the field and so named because the battle that ensued roared and broke in bloody waves around it—and took command of Cawthorn