and one thousand missing. The Forty-sixth Indiana regiment lost one hundred and thirty of its three hundred men. Four brigade commanders were killed and wounded in the battle of Sabine Cross-Roads. The Nineteenth Kentucky repelled five distinct charges before the enemy was enabled to break through its lines. A color-bearer in General Cameron's divison found himself surrounded by the enemy who quite peremptorily ordered him to halt. He did not halt, but rushed forward impetuously amid the shower of bullets and saved his colors. Nim's battery, when the time was approaching that it could hold out but little longer, loaded each piece with a case of grape and canister, spherical case shell, and a sack of bullets containing about three hundred. This hurled death and destruction into the ranks of the enemy, who wavered and fell back at every discharge of these fated guns. The battery lost twenty-one officers and privates, sixty-four horses, and eighteen mules. Captain Crosby, of General Banks's staff, had his hand injured by the jam between the trains and a hurrying cavalryman. The capture of General Lee's headquarters train was attended with much inconvenience to the General and his staff, as well as to the correspondents who moved with him. Major Cowan's mess lost an elegant rosewood mess-chest, and other less valuable mess-chests were in the wagons. Not a solitary article of clothing was left except what the officers had on, and clean shirts and paper collars were in greater demand than the supply could furnish. Quartermaster Hoge lost all his funds and vouchers, and officers who had deposited their greenbacks in his safe for security, had the satisfaction of aiding in the contribution of six or seven thousand dollars to helping along the illy paid rebel soldiers. All the Adjutant-General's official papers fell into the hands of the enemy, who must possess pretty accurate knowledge respecting the cavalry division. Rebel soldiers who have been taken prisoners, report that one of their number got two thousand dollars in greenbacks, and that the blankets and hard-tack were very acceptable. Mr. Bonwill, the artist of Leslie's Illustrated, lost, among his private papers, numerous sketches that had been accumulating for a long period, and which he prized very highly. The Herald correspondent lost a silver bugle, recently taken from a captured rebel bugler, which he intended to send to Mr. Bennett as a trophy. The Tribune correspondent, Mr. Wells, lost his good clothes and other “fixins.” Colonel Brisbin, of General Lee's staff, lost some five hundred dollars' worth of clothing and money, together with the sash worn by the rebel General Barksdale, which was captured at Gettysburgh, and a valuable sword also captured near Gettysburgh. It is ascertained that our dead who were left on the field between Pleasant Hill and Sabine Cross-Roads, were buried by the enemy, and that the wounded were conveyed to Mansfield the night after the battle, where they were carefully attended. Colonel Emerson commanding a brigade of Landrum's division, was wounded. Lieutenant-Colonel Kreb, Eighty-seventh Illinois mounted infantry, when the confusion in our retiring lines was the greatest, reported to General Lee for duty with three men, whom he had rallied. Rufus Pullitt, color-bearer of the Sixteenth Indiana mounted infantry, was killed. Lieutenant Stone, Commissary of the First cavalry brigade, is missing and supposed to be a prisoner. All the cavalry headquarters train was captured or destroyed by the rebels except two ambulances, and all the wagons of Colonel Dudley's Fourth brigade-train except one. George G. Kendrick, color-bearer One Hundred and Seventy-third New-York, was wounded under his colors. General Lee was hit with a spent ball, from which he suffered no inconvenience. Four ammunition-wagons belonging to the cavalry command were captured. The train would all have been saved had not a heavily-loaded wagon broken down and obstructed the road. Lieutenant Higby of the Signal corps, Acting-Aid-de-Camp to General Ransom, had his horse shot under him. Captain Dicker, General Ransom's Assistant-Adjutant-General, was killed. Captain Wasson, Inspector-General of Lucas's cavalry brigade, had his stirrup and boot struck by the same ball that killed Lieutenant-Colonel Webber, of the Seventy-seventh Illinois. Lieutenant Miller, Aid to Colonel Lucas, was wounded in the arm, and taken prisoner, Captain Payman, Chief Signal Officer of General Franklin's command, was severely wounded while riding by the side of the General. Captain A. M. Chapman, Judge-Advocate on General Franklin's staff, had both feet shot off. Lieutenant David Lyon, of General Franklin's staff, was wounded slightly. Dr. Wood, of the Sixth Missouri cavalry, lost one thousand dollars in money, and Captain Wasson, Inspector-General in Lucas's cavalry brigade, lost two hundred dollars by the capture of the trains. A squadron of the Corning light cavalry, under Captain Davis, had a warm position on the right, and lost heavily there. The men displayed most creditable bravery and pluck. Our defeat on the eighth instant is attributable to the cavalry division proceeding too far in advance of the main column; the panic and loss of guns, to the large cavalry-train, which completely blocked the only road by which the army could fall back. The troops engaged, were the First, Third, and Fourth cavalry divisions, supported by Ransom's detachment of the Thirteenth army corps. Estimated loss, one thousand five hundred killed, wounded, missing, and prisoners.
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