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[32] rapidly up (among them Guibor's battery), aggregating about 3,000 men, with four pieces of artillery. Totten's battery, six pieces, directed his third shot against Woodruff's battery, four pieces, which replied promptly, and the duel was kept up between Woodruff and Totten. Woodruff's fire greatly assisted the formation of the troops across the creek, confronting Lyon's advance. The Confederates waited for Lyon to advance within range of their shotguns, when 2,000 small arms and Guibor's battery received him. The lines would approach each other within 50 yards, and after delivering a fire, fall back and reload. They kept this up for two hours. Churchill had formed his men on foot and gone to the support of Price on his extreme left. Forming his men on the Fayetteville road, south of Wilson's creek ford, Churchill led them gallantly up the hill on the left of Slack and in the very center of Lyon's attack. With this reinforcement to the Missourians, Guibor's guns run up in line with the infantry, and Woodruff's battery throwing shot high over into Lyon's reserves, Price's fire began to tell on the enemy, and cause the intervals of their retirement to grow longer. That Bloody hill, where Price stayed and Churchill supported him, was the breakwater of the tide of battle.

Col. Thomas L. Snead's account of the action thenceforward is a clear and comprehensive description that cannot be condensed:

Meanwhile McCulloch, upon leaving Price, had gone with McIntosh to the eastern side of the creek, where the infantry of his own brigade and the infantry and artillery of Pearce were both encamped. His first object was to dispose those troops in such a way as to meet Sigel's attack, the strength and meaning of which were not yet developed. In order to do this, he posted Reid's battery on the bluff opposite the mouth of Skegg's branch and ordered Walker's regiment to support it. He then placed Dockery's and Gratiot's regiments further north, along the bluff which forms the eastern bank of Wilson's

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