day and ascertained that Blunt
It was remarkable how well the several thousand Southern farmers, who had never before been under fire, demeaned themselves, not a man showing the white feather.
and some of his men, riding rapidly down the road, called out to Monroe
's men: ‘If you won't fight, get out of the road and let us fight!’
To which the gallant Monroe
replied scornfully, ‘I am obeying orders, but will cover your retreat; about wheel, forward charge!’
and made the charge above described.
The Confederates lost 7 or 8 killed in the forenoon, and about 20 wounded. The enemy's loss was reported by him as 8 killed and 36 wounded. Artillery was disabled and horses killed on both sides; no captures by either.
The purpose of the stand at Cane hill
was to develop the enemy's strength and subject the newly-organized commands to the baptism of fire, in view of a general advance of the army under Hindman
, for regaining the former position at Elkhorn
and driving the enemy from the State
, which he contemplated making early in December.
Preparatory to his advance, he ordered the cavalry under Marmaduke
to move from its camp at Dripping Springs
, on December 3d, in the direction of Fayetteville
Early Wednesday morning the cavalry division under Marmaduke
's brigade, under Col. J. C. Monroe
, reduced to about 500 effective men; Shelby
's brigade, 1,100; MacDonald
's brigade, about 700; total, 2,300— moved northward.
On Friday, the 5th, Monroe
, who had advanced on the line road along the Indian Territory
boundary, moved across to Cove creek
and formed a junction with Shelby
on the Cove creek
road, the same over which Carroll
's brigade had fought on November 29th, ten miles above Oliver
was ordered forward on the Wire
road, east of the Cove creek
Both commands engaged and drove back the enemy's pickets.
Early Saturday morning, Shelby
encountered the enemy in strong force, and dismounting his men, drove him back