did effective service, particularly those commanded by Bledsoe
General Van Dorn
made his headquarters on the night of the first day's fight at Elkhorn Tavern
, where Curtis
had made his headquarters the night before.
had been entirely successful in the attack he had made from the north; had driven the enemy at every point, and advanced his own lines a mile and a half or two miles.
But in the attack from the south, where McCulloch
commanded, one disaster followed another in rapid succession.
, who was confronted by Sigel
, attacked as soon as he heard the report of Price
's guns and drove Sigel
from his first position.
His second attack was also successful, as was a cavalry charge by McIntosh
, who captured three pieces of artillery.
But in reconnoitering the enemy's position, McCulloch
advanced too far and was shot and instantly killed.
, in charging with an Arkansas regiment to bring off his body, was also shot and instantly killed.
This left Colonel Hubert
in command, and he was reported killed, but was a prisoner and afterward made his escape.
, upon whom the command properly devolved after McIntosh
's death, did not make an effort at that time or any other to rally the men, restore confidence and continue the fight.
There was a strong force in reserve, but there was no one to give an order to bring it to the front, and it remained inactive.
Besides this bad condition of things, the ammunition train had been ordered to Bentonville
, fifteen miles distant, and the enemy were between it and the command.
In view of this condition of affairs, General Van Dorn
determined to withdraw.
was in favor of fighting it out, but was overruled.
The next morning Price
's combined artillery, supported by the First and Second Missouri Confederate brigades, opened on the enemy a furious fire, and under cover of this, the other troops were withdrawn.
But when Curtis