mounted and retire around the foot of the hill, there to wait the movements of the enemy from the north and west, and repel any attack in that direction.
came up about ten o'clock with his infantry and artillery, to the position chosen by General Shoup
, where the Fayetteville
road cuts the center of a hill, on which stood Prairie Grove church, and where a cross-road from Cane hill
to Cove creek
passes by the church.
The enemy, coming up in about an hour, opened fire with artillery on the captured train and prisoners, also upon a hospital established for wounded Federal soldiers.
At this time a smoke in the direction of Rhea
's and Newburg
) indicated that Blunt
was burning supplies or houses, and moving to unite with Herron
's division and Shelby
's brigade, dismounted, were placed in line to resist Blunt
's division, to which there were added a Texas brigade and Clark
's Missouri regiment, all commanded by Brigadier-General Roane
, was held in reserve.
's division was also held in reserve to await the movements of Blunt
's Missourians and Lane
's Texans, the latter commanded by Col. R. P. Crump
's staff, were disposed to guard the Confederate
The enemy opened with artillery at noon, the Confederate batteries being kept silent.
At 1 p. m., under cover of a heavy artillery fire, Herron
advanced against Shoup
from the north, across Crawford
's prairie, and moving rapidly past Blocher
's Confederate battery, had the battery a moment within his lines.
received them at short range, with shotguns, rifles and muskets, then charging, drove the Federals
back, the regiment of Col. A. T. Hawthorn
retaking the battery.
The enemy fled in disorder across the prairie, but reformed and renewed the attack.
's Arkansas brigade of Frost
's reserves was ordered to the support of Shoup
, and the enemy was again repulsed with heavy loss, leaving the ground strewn with dead and dying, and