of a gallant Confederate command, surprised them at midnight and nearly annihilated them.
Their colonel, Cook
, brother of the Cook
who was hung at Harper's Ferry
for participation in the John Brown
raid, made his escape.
, with a large force of infantry and artillery, went in pursuit of Jackson
, but on receipt of exaggerated reports of the latter's strength, abandoned the movement.
rested at Warsaw
a few days, and proceeded to Montevallo
, where he expected to meet General Price
, still suffering from the effects of his sickness, formed a junction with Jackson
, July 3d, in Cedar county
, where his men were organized under Brigadier-Generals Rains
, making up a total force of 3,600, of whom 600 were wholly unarmed.
Here General Price
learned that Lyon
, with an equal number of well-armed troops, had started in pursuit of his army, and that 3,000 more under Sigel
had been sent by rail to Rolla
to intercept him. On the 5th of July, the Missourians found themselves confronted by Sigel
, six miles from Carthage
, and a battle ensued in which Sigel
was defeated and compelled to retreat to Sarcoxie
Gen. Ben McCulloch
, arriving at this juncture from his camp at Elm Springs, Ark.
, with 3,000 Confederate enlisted men, and Gen. N. Bart Pearce
from Osage Mills
with a brigade of State troops, they united with Price
On the 7th, the combined forces took up the line of march to Cowskin prairie
. Colonel Sigel
had not been prepared for the strength of resistance there was in the Missouri
men who fought him at Carthage
he said, ‘was ever such thing seen!
men, never in battle before, standing their ground, hurling defiance, and cheering their own guns at every discharge.’
His report to his commander, General Sweeny
, thus describes the termination of the battle: ‘In the critical moment, Captain Wilkins
, commander of one of the two batteries, declared he was unable to advance for want of ammunition!