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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—the first autumn. (search)
thus rendered available. But Fremont seemed incapable of changing; he maintained all the posts stationed along the line of the Missouri. The Confederate corps of Green having pushed as far as Athens, in Northern Missouri, where it had a bloody encounter with the Unionists on the 5th of August, he sent General Pope with the troops left bank of the Missouri and to intercept any reinforcements which might come to the assistance of the Federals from that side. From another quarter he summoned Green, the principal leader of the bands from Northern Missouri, to cross the river with more than three thousand men, who were immediately directed against Booneville. On the 13th Green made a vigorous attack upon the small garrison of that town; and although he did not succeed in capturing it, the chief object of his demonstration was accomplished, for it deceived the Federals and made them believe that Price's intentions were to attack Booneville and Jefferson City. During this time the Confe
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book V:—the first winter. (search)
rals, being better served than that of their adversaries, had a manifest advantage. Conscious of this superiority, and seeing the enemy take shelter in the woods instead of coming forward to dispute the possession of the river, Canby felt already certain of victory, and was about to order a forward movement for the purpose of driving the Texans back into the desert which they had just crossed, when the latter suddenly took the offensive. Their rear-guard had been brought into line, and Colonel Green, of the Fifth Texas, which was in front, had received the command of the whole army from Sibley, who was sick. He immediately made arrangements to throw his intrepid soldiers upon the Federal artillery, the galling fire of which was beginning to affect them. On the left his cavalry was preparing to charge Hall's guns, while a portion of his infantry advanced in the centre as far as the skirt of the wood, to occupy the attention of the Federals. In the mean while, he massed two regimen