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The war in Missouri.

the Confederates moving North--proclamation of Gen. McCulloch--official report of Gen. Price, &c., &c.



We lay before our readers this morning all the particulars in relation to Missouri affairs which we deem of sufficient interest to publish:

The Confederates moving North.

Rolla, Mo., Aug. 23.
--Accounts from Spring field state that from six to ten thousand of McCulloch's army have left for the Northern section of the State. A Confederate force had reached Lebanon, on the Rolla road. About seven exiles from Spring field have joined Col. Boyd's regiment. About a thousand Union men have been obliged to abandon their homes in the Southwest section of the State, and leave their property at the mercy of the Confederates. There is much distress among these people, large numbers having neither money nor provisions.

A train of Federal arms, which was brought in safety from Springfield by Major Sturges, is said to be worth a million and a half of dollars.

Proclamation of Gen. M'Culloch.

The following proclamation, under date Springfield, Aug. 15, briefly alluded to in our telegraphic dispatches of yesterday morning, has been issued by Ben. McCulloch:

To the People of Missouri:
Having been called upon by the Governor of your State to assist in driving the Federal forces out of the State, and in restoring to the people their just rights, I have come among you simply with the view of making war upon our Northern foes and driving them back. I gave the oppressed of your State an opportunity of again standing up as freemen and uttering their true sentiments.

You have been overrun and trampled upon by the mercenary hordes of the North. Your beautiful State has been nearly subjugated; but those true sons of Missouri who have continued in arms, together with my force came back upon the enemy, and have gained over them a great and signal victory. Their General-in-Chief is slain, and many of their other General officers wounded. Their army is in full flight.

One and all of the true men of Missouri will rise up and rally around their standard. The State will be redeemed.

I do not come among you to make war upon any of your people, whether Union or otherwise. The Union people will all be protected in their rights and property, and it is earnestly recommended to them to return to their homes.

The prisoners of the Union party, who have been arrested by the army, will be released, and allowed to return to their friends.

Missouri must be allowed to choose her own destiny. No oaths binding upon your conscience will be administered.

I have driven the enemy from among you. The time has now arrived for the people of the State to act. You cannot longer procrastinate. Missouri must now take her position by the North or the South.

Ben. McCulloch,
Brigadier-General Commanding.

The following general order has also been promulgated:

Headquarters of the Western Army, Camp near Springfield, Mo., Aug. 12, 1861.

The General commanding takes great pleasure in announcing to the army under his command the signal victory it has just gained.

Soldiers of Louisiana, of Arkansas, of Missouri, and of Texas, nobly have you sustained yourselves! Shoulder to shoulder you have met the enemy and driven him before you! Your first battle has been glorious, and your General is proud of you!

The opposing force, composed nearly of the old regular army of the North, have thrown themselves upon you, confident of victory; but, by great gallantry and a determined courage, you have entirely routed it, with great slaughter. Several pieces of artillery and many prisoners are now in your hands. The Commander-in-Chief of the enemy is slain, and many of the general officers wounded.

The flag of the Confederacy now floats over Springfield, the stronghold of the enemy. The friends of our cause who have been imprisoned there are released.

While announcing to the army this great victory, the General hopes that the laurels you have gained will not be tarnished by a single outrage. The private property of citizens of either party must be respected.

Soldiers who fought as you did yesterday cannot rob or plunder.

By order of Ben. McCulloch.
Joseph McIntosh, Captain C. S. A., and Adjutant General.

The battle near Springfield — official report of Gen. Price.

The St. Louis papers contain the official report of Gen. Price, who commanded one of the three divisions of the Southern Army which participated in the battle near Springfield, Missouri. The report is addressed to Governor Jackson. We find but little in it that is actually new, the telegraph having already given its leading points. We give, however, the following extracts:

‘ About six o'clock I received a message from Gen. Rains that the enemy were advancing in great force from the direction of Springfield, and were already within 200 or 300 yards of the position where he was encamped with the second brigade of his division, consisting of about 1,200 mounted men under Col. Cawthorn. A second messenger came immediately afterwards from Gen. Rains to announce that the main body of the enemy was upon him, but that he would endeavor to hold him in check until he could receive reinforcements. General McCulloch was with me when these messengers came, and left at once for his own headquarters to make the necessary disposition of our forces.

I rode forward instantly towards General Rains' position, at the same time ordering Generals Slack, McBride, Clark and Parsons to move their infantry and artillery rapidly forward. I had ridden but a few hundred yards when I came upon the main body of the enemy, commanded by Gen. Lyon in person. The infantry and artillery which I had ordered to follow me came up immediately to the number of 2,036 men, and engaged the enemy. A severe and bloody conflict ensued, my officers and men behaving with the greatest bravery, and, with the assistance of a portion of the Confederate forces, successfully holding the enemy in check. Meanwhile, and almost simultaneously with the opening of the enemy's batteries in this quarter, a heavy cannonading was opened upon the rear of our position, where a large body of the enemy under Col. Siegel had taken position in close proximity to Col. Churchill's regiment, Col. Greer's Texan Rangers, and 679 mounted Missourians under command of Col. Brown and Lieut. Col. Major.

The action now became general, and was conducted with the greatest gallantry and vigor on both sides, for more than five hours, when the enemy retreated in great confusion, leaving their Commander-in-Chief, General Lyon, dead upon the battle-field, over five hundred killed, and a great number wounded.

The forces under my command have possession of three 12-pounder howitzers, two brass 6- pounders, and a great quantity of small arms and ammunition, taken from the enemy; also, the standard of Siegel's regiment, captured by Capt. Staples. They have also a large number of prisoners.

The brilliant victory thus achieved upon this hard fought field was only by the most determined bravery, and distinguished gallantry of the combined armies, which fought nobly side by side, in defence of their common rights and liberties, with as much courage and constancy as were ever exhibited upon any battle-field.

The great victory was dearly bought by the blood of many a skillful officer and brave man. Others will report the losses sustained by the Confederate forces; I shall willingly confine myself to the losses within my own army.

Among those who fell mortally wounded upon the battle-field, none deserve a dearer place in the memory of Missourians, than Richard Hanson Weightman, Colonel commanding the first brigade of the second division of the army.

Here, too, died in the discharge of his duty, Col. Ben Brown, of Ray county, President of the Senate, a good man and true.

Brig. Gen. Slack's division suffered severely. He himself fell dangerously wounded at the head of his column. Of his regiment of infantry, under Col. J. T. Hughes, consisting of about 650 men, 36 were killed, 76 wounded, many of them mortally, and 30 are missing. Among the killed are C. H. Bennett, Adjutant of the regiment, Captain Blackwell and Lt. Hughes. Colonel Rives' squadron of cavalry, (dismounted,) numbering some 234 men, lost 4 killed and 8 wounded. Among the former were Lieutenant Colonel Austin and Captain Engart.

Brigadier General Clark was also wounded His infantry (290 men) lost in killed 17, and wounded 71. Col. Burbridge was severaly wounded. Capts. Farris and Halleck and Lieut. Haskins were killed. Gen. Clark's cavalry, together with the Windsor Guards, were under the command of Lieut. Colonel Major, who did good service. They lost 6 killed and 5 wounded.

Brig. Gen. McBride's division (605 men) lost 22 killed, 67 severely wounded, and 57 slightly wounded. Col. Foster and Captains Nichols, Dougherty, Armstrong and Mings, were wounded while gallantly leading their respective commands.

Gen. Parson's brigade, 256 infantry and artillery, under command respectively of Col. Kelly and Capt. Guibor, and 406 cavalry, Col. Brown, lost, the artillery three killed and seven wounded; the infantry, nine killed and thirty-eight wounded; the cavalry, three killed and two wounded. Colonel Kelly was wounded in the hand. Capt. Coloman was mortally wounded, and has since died.

General Rains' division was composed of two brigades — the first under Col. Weight, embracing infantry and artillery, strong, lost not only their commander, but thirty-four others killed and one hundred

wounded. The Second brigade, mounted men, Colonel Cawthorn commanding, about twelve hundred strong, lost twenty-one killed and seventy-five wounded. Colonel Cawthorn was himself wounded. Major Charles Rogers of St. Louis, Adjutant of the brigade, was wounded, and died the day after the battle.

Your Excellency will perceive that our State forces consisted of only five thousand two hundred and twenty-one officers and men; that of these no less than one hundred and fifty-six died upon the field, while five hundred and seventeen were wounded.--These facts attest more powerfully than any words can the severity of the conflict, and the tauntless courage of our brave soldiers.

It is also my painful duty to announce the death of one of my aids, Lieutenant Colonel George W. Allen, of Saline county. He was shot down while communicating an order, and we left him buried on the field.

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