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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 20: events West of the Mississippi and in Middle Tennessee. (search)
t battery across to feel the foe. It was instantly driven back. Under cover of a feint of another advance, he pushed a battery (Murphy's) across the creek half a mile farther down, and opened partially on the flank of the foe. During the surprise and confusion which this occasioned, and which gave the impression that his force was much larger than it really was, he pushed three full batteries across the ford in his front, supported by three full regiments. These were the batteries of Captain Backof, and Lieutenants Forest and Boeries. The supporting regiments were the Ninth Iowa, Twentieth Wisconsin, and Ninety-fourth Illinois. These, within sixty minutes, silenced the guns of their antagonists, and then, advancing across open fields, hurling before them a storm of grape and canister, they pushed up to within a hundred yards of the ridge. Then the Wisconsin and Iowa regiments were ordered to charge and capture the Confederate battery on their front. This was done in a few minute
Cass Co. Home Guards 1 5 6   10 10 16     Aug., ‘61 Fremont Body Guard Zagonyi's Battalion.   16 16   2 2 18     Aug., ‘61 Fremont Rangers   1 1   4 4 5     Jan., ‘63 Missouri Marine Brigade 2 15 17 1 38 39 56       Light Artillery.                   June, ‘61 1st Missouri L. Art'y 4 177 181 Two-thirds of this loss occurred at Wilson's Creek while serving as an infantry regiment. 3 254 257 438     Sept., ‘61 2d Missouri L. Art'y 1 46 47 5 126 131 178     April, ‘61 Backof's Battalion   10 10   2 2 12       Light Batteries.                   May, ‘62 1st Missouri S. M.   4 4 1 6 7 11     Aug., ‘61 --Missouri Kowalds   1 1   2 2 3     Sept., ‘62 Marine Brigade Battery         5 5 5       Engineers.                   Aug., ‘61 1st Missouri Bissell's   16 16 1 146 147 163       Infantry.                   Sept., ‘61 1st Missouri U. S. R. C. 1 3 4
ions, and Col. Salomon's detached regiment, with several pieces of artillery under command of Major Backof. Col. Siegel's regiment had six hundred men, and Col. Salomon's five hundred. The State troops were commanded by Generals Parsons and Rains. Maj. Backof, under the direction of Col. Siegel, opened the fire, which continued briskly for nearly two hours. In less than an hour the twelve-pounde of Carthage it was necessary to cross the elevation where the cavalry were mainly posted. Major Backof ordered two of the artillery pieces in front to oblique to the left and two to the right, andent, Colonel Salomon, and two batteries of artillery, consisting of eight field-pieces, under Major Backof. The forces of the enemy numbered five thousand five hundred, at least three thousand of whiain in safety. The wagons were placed in the centre of his column, protected in the front by Major Backof's artillery and Col. Salomon's battalion, and in the rear by Col. Siegel's eight companies.
and Lieut.-Col. Wolff. On the right, three cannon under command of Capt. Essig, supported by the first battalion Third Regiment, under Lieut.-Col. Hassendeubel. Having made these dispositions, and advanced a few hundred paces, I commanded Major Backof to open fire upon the enemy with all the seven field-pieces. The fire was promptly answered. I soon perceived that the two mounted regiments of the rebel army made preparations to circumvent our two wings. They made a flanking movement, andspecially acknowledge the services of the Fifth Regiment, under its brave commanders and adjutants, with heartfelt gratitude. They proved themselves to be true friends and reliable comrades on the battlefield. The excellent artillery under Major Backof, who, like my adjutants, Albert and Heinrichs, was untiring from morning till night in his efforts to execute and second my commands, also deserves honorable mention. I am, sir, with great respect, yours, Franz Siegel, Commanding Officer.
ng fire on the enemy before they discovered the movement. Under cover of its fire, I ordered forward the batteries of Capt. Backof, Lieut. Foust, and Lieut. Boeries, supported by the Nineteenth Iowa, Twentieth Wisconsin, and Ninety-fourth Illinois iwere compelled to fall back. This was followed by a charge of the rebels en masse upon the batteries of Capts. Foust and Backof and Lieut. Boeries. Never was there more real pluck and courage displayed, and more downright hard fighting done, than a the thickest of the fight, and performed their duties well. I must especially mention the working of Murphy's, Foust's, Backof's, and Boeries's batteries. The former fired his guns with the precision of a sharp-shooter, while the others worked ther batteries, coming up to within two hundred yards of them, but they couldn't face the music. Such firing as Foust's and Backof's guns put in just then could not be withstood, and they broke, our men pouring volley after volley of musketry into them