--A correspondent of the St. Louis Democrat
describing the engagement at Fredericktown
And let me do justice to the enemy.
They fought well and bravely when all the circumstance are considered.
Some of the enemy performed deeds of heroism, worthy of a better cause.
One of their cannon was placed in the woods, near the mouth of the lane, and was vigorously worked.
As our forces advanced, they picked one after another of the gunners off till at last but a single one was left.
He continued his work of loading and firing as fast as he could, nothing daunted.
He seemed utterly oblivious to everything but the work before him, and made no motions towards retreat.
At last he fell at his post, bravely and heroically.