He had marched about a mile, when he came upon a battery of the enemy, supported by cavalry.
‘My whole command consisted of about 1,000 men, all Indians
, except one squadron.
The enemy opened fire upon us in the woods where we were; the fence was thrown down, and the Indians (Watie
's regiment on foot, and Drew
's on horseback), with a part of Sims
' regiment, gallantly led by Colonel Quayle
, charged with loud yells, routed the cavalry, took the battery, pursued and fired upon the enemy retreating through the fenced field on our right, and held the battery, which I afterward had drawn off into the woods by the Cherokees.’
Pike's force now surrounded the taken battery in the utmost confusion, ‘all talking, and riding this way and that, listening to no orders from any one.’
Capt. Roswell Lee
, of General Cooper
's staff, attempted to have the captured guns faced to the front, that they might be used against another battery just discovered, but he could not induce a single man to assist.
‘At this moment the enemy sent two shells into the field, and the Indians retreated hurriedly into the woods,’ and there remained for two hours and a half, until twenty minutes before the action ended.
The enemy continued to pour sho: and shell into the woods, but never advanced.
‘This battery also,’ naively adds the general, ‘was thus, with its supporting forces, by the presence of the Indians rendered useless to the enemy during the action.’
March 9, 1862, General Van Dorn
requested of General Curtis
that, according to the usages of war, his burial parties be permitted to collect and inter the bodies of officers and men who fell during the engagement of the 7th and 8th, to which the Federal
commander replied that all possible facilities would be given, and that many of the dead had already been interred.
He added that quite a number of Confederate surgeons had been captured (engaged in the hospitals during the battle) and permitted to act under parole, and further liberty would