lers soon became numerous, and warnings as to the fate which awaited us if we advanced were not only frequent but evidently sincere.
There were, however, many who turned back, and the wounded generally cheered upon meeting us. I well remember one, a mere stripling who, supported on the shoulders of a man who was bearing him to the rear, took off his cap and waved it with a cheer, that showed within that slender form beat the heart of a hero—breathed a spirit that would dare the labors of Hercules.
As we advanced the storm of that battle was rolling westward, and its fury became more faint.
When I met General Johnston, who was upon a hill which commanded a general view of the field of the afternoon's operations, and inquired of him as to the state of affairs, he replied that we had won the battle.
I left him there and rode still farther
Map: battle of Manassas. to the west.
Several of the volunteers on General Beauregard's staff joined me, and a command of cavalry, the gall
one they had so long and reservedly honored, met the assault with such determination, and fighting with the skill of woodsmen and hunters, that they put the enemy to rout, pursuing him for a distance of ten miles, and inflicting heavy loss upon him, while that of the Missourians was but five killed and twenty wounded.
The expedient of the bales of hemp was a brilliant conception, not unlike that which made Tarik, the Saracen warrior, immortal, and gave his name to the northern pillar of Hercules.
The victories in Missouri which have been noticed, and which so far exceeded what might have been expected from the small forces by which they were achieved, had caused an augmentation of the enemy's troops to an estimated number of seventy thousand.
Against these the army of General Price could not hope successfully to contend; he therefore retired toward the southwestern part of the state.
The want of supplies and transportation compelled him to disband a portion of his troops; wi