of half a mile to the east by the Fourth and Third companies of the Fifth, supported by Captain Carroll's company of cavalry, to give the enemy battle should he desire it; but the Louisianians under Colonel Hebert had fully satisfied Colonel Sigel, and he retreated without giving us another chance at him. Colonel Carroll's regiment, though badly fatigued, was ordered to proceed on the Springfield road in pursuit of the enemy, which duty he performed with his usual promptness and ability.
My thanks are especially due to the officers of the several regiments for the promptness and ability with which they obeyed, and to the men for the determined manner in which they executed, all my orders.
To particularize I would have to send in a full roster.
I am particularly indebted to Colonel Rector for the ability displayed during the engagement; to Commissary-General Grace, who was with me when I led the Third into action, and remained in the thickest of the fight, aiding and urging the men on to victory; also to my aid, Major Cline, who was by my side in the thickest of the fight; also to Mr. Samuel Mitchell, Messrs. Brown, Taylor and Dawson, for conveying orders during the engagement as volunteer aides; also to Surgeon-General Smith and to the surgeons of the regiments for their kind attention to the wounded.
Our loss has been heavy, but a great victory is ours.
Peace to the ashes of the dead, and immortality to the names of the defenders of the lovely South.
Early in the action Captain Jefferson was sent to reconnoiter the enemy and was taken prisoner and is still in their hands.
I respectfully call the attention of the general to the praiseworthy conduct of Colonels Gratiot, Carroll and Dockery; also to Lieutenant-Colonels Neal and Provence, the former of whom was badly wounded, and the latter continually in the midst of the battle; also to Majors Ward and Featherston.
's account, published August, 1897, further indicates the part Arkansas
took in the ‘Battle among the Ozarks.’
My regiment was 400 to 500 strong; at least, that was about the number I took into action.
In conversation with General Price he told me that my regiment undoubtedly saved the battle.
Coming to his assistance at the