and a born soldier.
He knew nothing of arms at the beginning of the war, but in much less than a year's time had fought his way to the command of as good a regiment as there was in the service.
His untimely death cut short a brilliant career.
He was succeeded in the command of the regiment by Col. James A. Pritchard
The Federal loss was 300 killed, 600 wounded and 300 prisoners. The trophies of the battle were with the Confederates
They brought off four pieces of artillery, several battleflags, four loaded baggage wagons and 300 prisoners. They did not lose a gun or a wagon.
In fact, the Federal
commander found himself so badly crippled that he abandoned the plan of making a campaign into Arkansas
and occupying the portion of the State
north of the Arkansas river
, and fell back into Missouri
more like a beaten than a victorious general.
Of the part taken by the Missourians in the battle, General Van Dorn
said, in a communication to the government at Richmond
: ‘During the whole of this engagement, I was with the Missourians under Price
, and I have never seen better fighters than these Missouri
troops, or more gallant leaders than General Price
and his officers.
From the first to the last shot, they continually rushed on and never yielded an inch they had won; and when at last they received orders to fall back, they retired steadily and with cheers.
received a severe wound in the action, but would neither retire from the field nor cease to expose his life to danger.’
General Van Dorn
retreated across the Boston mountains
and went into camp near Van Buren, Ark.
, preparatory to moving his command across the Mississippi
to the support of General Beauregard
, at Corinth
General Martin E. Green
, who had received his commission as a general officer from Richmond
, was assigned to the command of the Second Missouri Confederate brigade.
The detached Confederate organizations were consolidated into battalions commanded respectively by Lieutenant