from southeast Missouri
Ammunition, which General Price
had arranged to get, was taken charge of by McCulloch
, who expressed his want of confidence in Price
's ability to maintain himself in Missouri
was compelled to disband a large number of recruits for want of arms and munitions, and send to their homes o,ooo volunteers who had come to him from the counties north of the Missouri river
The campaign which Price
had conducted with so much success was thus doomed to fail through want of the cooperation of his associates in command of the several departments.
The result was discouraging to the enthusiastic uprising which had been incited in Missouri
in behalf of the Confederate
appealed, from camp on Sac river, to General McCulloch
in behalf of a forward movement, and remonstrated with Mr. Benjamin
, secretary of war
, against inaction at a time when the Federal
forces in Missouri
were embarrassed by rivalries between commanders, and the fatuous course of Fremont
, who was occupied with anticipations of future political campaigns rather than the military duties of the present
But General McCulloch
seemed to distrust utterly the plans and purposes of General Price
He wrote from Springfield, Mo.
, November 19th, to the secretary of war
Sir: I shall return to Arkansas, put my troops in winter quarters soon, and ask permission to come immediately to Richmond so as to give the administration correct information regarding affairs in this region before it acts on matters here.
On November 30th, the secretary of war replied:
I cannot understand why you withdrew your troops, instead of pursuing the enemy when his leaders were quarreling and his army separated into parts, under different commanders.
Send an explanation.
To which McCulloch
responded, December 4th, from Little Rock