a commanding position, his infantry extended on both sides of the road, and a company of regular cavalry was on each flank.
He was quietly awaiting results.
After the affair with Plummer
went in search of him. He took his own infantry, with Rosser
's and O'Kane
's Missouri battalions and Bledsoe
placed his battery so as to command the enemy's position.
's battery was somewhat east of Bledsoe
's. The infantry advanced to the attack and Bledsoe
opened at point-blank range.
was taken by surprise and his men thrown into confusion, and when McCulloch
, with 400 of the Third Louisiana and Rosser
's and O'Kane
's battalions, broke through the brush and charged his battery his whole force fled, abandoning the guns, some going one way and some another.
, with about 200 of the German Home Guards and Carr
's company of regular cavalry, tried to get back to Springfield
by the route they came, but were attacked by Lieutenant-Colonel Major
, with some mounted Missourians and Texans, and again routed.
and his cavalry fled precipitately.
with one man reached Springfield
Nearly all the rest were killed, wounded or captured: In the meantime, the main fight on Bloody Hill
Though hard pressed, Price
had not yielded a foot of ground.
, who held a position on the left of the line, dismounted his men and moved them to the center, where the need was greatest.
then advanced Guibor
's battery in line with the infantry, while Woodruff
continued throwing his shells over his line into the ranks of the enemy.
Still the battle was not won. Lyon
was bringing up every available man for a last desperate effort.
asked for aid, and General Pearce
, with Gratiot
and his Arkansas
infantry, came to his assistance.
In getting into position Gratiot
His horse and his orderly's were killed, his lieutenant-colonel was dismounted, his major's arm was broken, his quartermaster