Some little excitement was produced in the city yesterday morning, on the reception of the news from Arkansas
, announcing that a great battle had been fought by Gens Price
and Van Dorn
Several dispatches were received at the War Office, and by members of Congress from that section, all a little ambiguous, but still agreeing as to the main facts.
It seems that our forces engaged the enemy on Pea Bidge, Benton county, Ark.
, near the Missouri
There were about thirty thousand on either side, and the contest was a severe one.
Beginning on the 7th, the engagement was kept up through the day with great loss.
On our side, Gens Ben McCulloch
, Melatosh and Hubert
were killed, and Gena.
wounded; Col. Sims
had an arm broken.
That night our troops slept on the battle-field, and in the morning again commenced the attack, and succeeded in getting beyond the Federal
army and between them and the Indian territory
, from which Confederate reinforcements were expected.
A junction with Gen. Pike
could then be effected, at which time it was confident the Federal
army could be destroyed or espaliered.
It is certain that when the conflict ended we had a decided advantage in position, and had cut off the Federal
army from their reinforcements.
Disastrous as this battle was to us so far as loss of general officers is concerned, an equal or superior loss was inflicted on the enemy.
In official circles this is regarded as a victory, and it is believed that the next news will announce it as a fact.