No time could be lost; our troops on the extreme right and left were already engaged.
To advance with the rest, without the assistance of artillery, seemed to me a movement which could easily turn out into [sic] deroute!
The moral effect of the enemy's mounted regiments behind our lines could not be denied.
It was, therefore, with great mortification that I ordered one part of our troops behind Dry fork
, sent one to protect baggage train, ordered retreat,’ etc. He left Captain Conrad
and Company B at Neosho
for ‘protection of the Union-loving people’ with a train of supplies, which McIntosh
, of McCulloch
's brigade, soon captured.
marched into Springfield
, August 1st.
He was joined the next day by Major Sturgis
, who had a skirmish at Dug Springs
mounted men. The Arkansas
troops were commanded by Capt. Americus V. Reiff
It required sharp skirmishing of several hours, by several companies under Capt. Frederick Steele
, the Fourth artillery under Lieutenant Lathrop
, and a company of cavalry under Captain Stanley
, and finally Totten
's battery, with also two pieces from Sigel
's brigade, to drive the Confederates
Col. Jordan E. Cravens
, of Governor Rector
's staff, fought with Capt. Reiff
's company at Dug Springs
, believing it was the intention of the Confederates
to draw him away from his supplies, retired to Springfield
, while 2,000 regulars, under Major Sturgis
and Lieutenant-Colonel Andrews
, remained about four miles from the town.
Meanwhile, the Confederates
moved down to Cassville
, which is about fifteen miles north of the northern boundary of Arkansas
, in Barry county, Mo. Maj. J. M. Schofield
, of the First Missouri regiment, in his report as acting adjutant-general of the Federal
army, said that General Lyon
determined to make a night march on the 7th, with his entire force, toward Cassville
, direct upon the front of the Confederate
position, a day