time I did, when he had been forced back by superior numbers, gave his men renewed courage and him time to reform his line and fill up his broken ranks.
This movement on my part prevented the junction of Lyon and Sigel, which, if accomplished, would have resulted in our defeat.
Checking the rapid advance and progress of General Lyon gave General McCulloch time to take the Louisiana regiment, or part of it, to oppose Sigel, whose battery he captured, and put to flight the remainder of his forces.
Even after Sigel's defeat the battle raged furiously for several hours.
Two-thirds of my officers were either killed or wounded, and my loss was as great as the combined losses of the Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas State troops.
I well remember the remarks of General Price as my regiment came marching down the road, without a single break in their ranks, and moving by the left flank into line of battle.
He turned around to his soldiers and said, ‘Now, boys, stand your ground like men. The Arkansas troops have come to help you.’
I never saw a cooler or more fearless man upon the field of battle than General Price.
He took no care of his person, but was seen riding up and down his lines giving words of encouragement to his soldiers.
The loss of the Missourians was quite heavy; in fact, more than half the entire army.
Our whole loss was in front of General Lyon's command.
Sigel made but a feeble resistance and inflicted but little injury upon our lines; I doubt whether five men were killed or wounded before his advance.
I lost only two or three men when he fired upon my camp in open field.
My entire loss was in front of the forces of General Lyon, and he fell about 75 or 100 yards in front of my command and the Missourians.
I am inclined to believe that he was either killed by the Missourians or by my regiment.
To this may be added the following from Colonel Churchill
's report immediately following the battle:
The adjutant, James Harper, was shot down, mortally wounded, at his post, with his sword in hand, leading and cheering on the men. The sergeant-major, N. T. Roberts, was wounded in the shoulder while leading on the left.
My volunteer aide, A. H. Sevier, was wounded