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[437] with them. On the 6th he again drove them back, seized the junction of the Cane Hill and Fayetteville roads, where the combat of November 28th had terminated, and advanced halfway in the direction of Cane Hill. He could thus march upon either of these two points. But the slowness of his movements had given the Federals time to form a junction. On the evening of the 6th, Herron's cavalry, under Colonel Wickersham, rejoined Blunt at the pass of the Boston Mountains, and his infantry, six thousand strong, reached Fayetteville on the morning of the 7th. Knowing the danger which threatened Blunt, he only allowed his troops an hour's rest. He told his soldiers, who had marched one hundred and seventy-five kilometres in four days, that they had only one more march to make to meet the enemy; and, forgetting their fatigues, they cheerfully resumed their movement. Herron took them upon the mail-road, which leads from Fayetteville to Van Buren, by first skirting along the foot of the hills, then by following the course of Cove Creek, which they were to leave after a certain distance and take the Cane Hill road on the right. He was fully convinced that Hindman was on his way to meet him at that moment and by the same road. The Confederate general had left a few troops with a field battery in a strong position on the Cane Hill road, at the culminating point of the pass of the Boston Mountains, so as to mask his movement and detain Blunt; he had then taken the Fayetteville road with the rest of his army, and was rapidly proceeding toward the north. He still hoped to be able thus to cut off Blunt's retreat, or at least to crush Herron first, of whose arrival he had just been informed, and to return afterward against the former. His cavalry occupied the road through which the two Union generals had hitherto communicated; and, deceiving Blunt, he got sufficiently the start of him to be able to fight Herron separately, whose forces scarcely equalled one-fourth of his own. Toward eight o'clock the vanguard of the latter, consisting of two regiments of cavalry, met Marmaduke at a distance of seven or eight kilometres from Fayetteville, and was driven back in disorder upon the second division. This division, commanded by Totten, had been joined to the third, which Herron had brought over, Blunt having retained the first with him, which he commanded

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