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[434] by two batteries, about four thousand men in all. But when day broke, he had only a few hundred men around him; it was important, however, to strike before he was discovered, and Blunt, putting on a bold front, determined to make the attack. His vanguard dismounted and commenced firing. Whilst the Confederates, thus surprised, were endeavoring to understand the condition of affairs, the rest of the Union troops, who had come up at a gallop from Maysville, arrived and deployed in the prairie. The Federal guns threw a few shells into their camps; then the whole line advanced at once, overthrew them, scattered them, and took the four guns they had brought with them. The Confederates left but few dead behind them, for they had scarcely made any resistance, despite their numbers, and the engagement only cost the assailants three men disabled.

A few days after the encounter at Fort Wayne, a similar success, achieved on the other slope of the Ozark Mountains, closed for a time the campaign, which had secured the possession of this chain to the Federals. After their departure from Huntsville, the three thousand Confederate horse, which had at first followed Rains in his retreat, had once more drawn near the Ozark Mountains. Learning that they were encamped fifteen or twenty kilometres south-east of Fayetteville, on the borders of White River, Schofield determined to go in search of them. He despatched Totten's division to this town, with directions to proceed beyond it to attack the Confederates in front, whilst Herron, at the head of nine hundred horse, was to make a large circuit to the east to cross White River and take them in rear. But the latter made such a rapid night-march, that he found himself in the presence of the enemy at daybreak on the morning of October 28th, before the infantry had reached Fayetteville. Without waiting for it, he attacked the Confederate camps, captured them, and routed the whole of the enemy's cavalry. He then returned to Pea Ridge by way of Fayetteville with Totten, whom he joined on his way back.

Schofield's army, as we have said, was only sixteen thousand strong; but by its discipline, its organization, its equipment, the quality of its horses and riders, and, finally, the skill of its artillerists, it was in every respect, except in the matter of numbers,

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