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[45] in the breast while encouraging our men to stand by their colors, and had to be taken from the field. The lieutenant-colonel and major evinced great bravery in leading their different wings in the charge. Major Harper at one time was taken prisoner by the enemy, but made his escape. Captain Alexander was killed at the head of his company. At the same time fell Lieutenants Dawson, Chambers and Johnson; Captains Ramsaur and Porter, and Lieutenants King, Adams, Hardesty and McIver, severely wounded. Captains Pearson and Gibbs and Lieutenants Saddler, Wair and Head were slightly wounded. I lost in the engagement, 42 killed and 155 wounded.

Adjutant-General Snead, in the name of General Price, returned to Colonel Churchill the following graceful tribute:

Headquarters Missouri State Guard, Springfield, August 5, 186.
Colonel: I am directed by Major-General Price to thank you in the name of this army and of the State of Missouri for the very important services which you and your fine regiment of mounted riflemen have rendered during the campaign in this State, and to particularly acknowledge, in the most grateful manner, the eager bravery with which your men met the enemy on the 10th inst., the constancy with which they fought, and the spirit with which they rushed upon and drove back his disciplined, soldiers. Your own gallantry and skill were so conspicuous on that memorable day that every Missourian will always cherish the remembrance of you with pride and gratitude.


Extracts culled from the reports of other officers, as they are given in the Official Records, give further details of the service of Arkansas commands. Col. James McIntosh led his regiment, the Second Arkansas, at first through ‘a terrible fire of grapeshot and shells,’ then joining with the Louisiana regiment, led both in a charge which drove the enemy to the rear. His report continues:

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