enemy that they withdrew with considerable loss and in some confusion.
On the 17th, about 10 o'clock at night, the command reached Cross Hollows, Ark.
, a strong defensive position, where it camped in line of battle, cold and without provisions.
At this point Generals Price
met and had a conference, the result of which was that after remaining there one day the command moved to Cove Creek
, in the depths of the Boston mountains
, where it awaited the developments of the future.
At Cove Creek
regiments joined the Missourians and they fraternized, for there was always the best of feeling between the troops of the two States.
Gen. Albert Pike
also came with a body of Indians
, who possessed the vices of their civilized conquerors and their uncivilized ancestors and the virtues of neither.
As soldiers they were worthless, but it may not have been entirely their fault.
was not the kind of commander to develop a very high order of soldiership in any body of recruits, and least of all in a body of half-civilized Indians
met, their old differences were revived, and prevented any cordial co-operation between them.
The main causes of difference were those of rank and precedence.
was a majorgen-eral in the Missouri State Guard, and McCulloch
was a brigadier-general in the provisional army of the Confederate States
At Wilson's Creek
waived their rank and gave McCulloch
command of the united army—the Arkansas
and Missouri State troops as well as the Confederate
But this concession did not seem to satisfy him, for when the Federals
were defeated he refused to make pursuit or in any way assist Price
in the perilous position he occupied.
Events since the battle of Wilson's Creek
had not tended to give either of them a better opinion of the other.
In the shifting scenes of war they were again thrown together, under