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lencoe. Along this route we found the country almost entirely deserted. To encourage those still remaining and also to attract to their homes those who had left, we returned to Hutchinson, and from thence on the second of October we went to Acton. We there camped in the yard of Mr. Baker, the first victim of the outbreak. During the night Messrs. Branham, Holmes, and Sparry came through from Forest City to inform us that the home guards of that place had been attacked by a large body of Indians, the day before. We shall ever feel under great obligation to these brave men, who, for our sakes, made such a daring journey through that dark night. Early in the morning we took up our march toward Hutchinson. When out about one and a half miles, our advance scouts returned, informing us that the Indians were in our front. We at once formed in line of battle in open order. No sooner were we in such position than they made their appearance, firing upon us from a position the location
Inspector General of his division, Major Van Antwerp and Gen. Herron. What transpired at this interview I am not prepared to state. It is said, however, that Hindman, in true diplomatic style, and with the skill and plausibility of a Talleyrand — he is a man of no little polish as well as ability — presented to General Blunt, for his consideration, several points, in due order, relative to the treatment of the sick and wounded, to an exchange of prisoners, the employment in the army of Indians, negroes — admitting that the former had been first used by the rebels themselves, but with an air of mock chivalry, deprecating the practice by either party; and, finally, wound up with an earnest effort to justify the raising, by himself, of his bands of bushwhacking assassins, whom he plead to have recognized and treated as soldiers in his service — a part of his regular force! Those who were present say that, upon every point where there was any non-concurrence of opinion, Gen. Blun
ted the assault for a moment. At the same instant the dismounted men from behind the wall, and the rallied skirmishers on the left, opened fire as the North-Carolinians came near. Then Colonel Davis, with his two squadrons, dashed at them. Sabres glistened, carbines cracked, our men rent the air with cheers. The rebel regiment, in a solid body still, but more scattered than at first, wheeled about and fled away as fast as their horses could carry them, and screaming like a troop of wild Indians, Colonel Davis, with his squadrons, chasing them, and shouting and cheering as they went. It was the most exciting scene that has been witnessed since the commencement of the war. From the hill in the centre we distinctly saw the movements of every man. Several horses and men were soon seen falling on the field, the rebels still flying off and our men still closely pursuing them. Away they go. They're off. They're off. Now give it to them again, boys, as they go, and the artillery poured
geons and infirmary corps will take care of him; do you go forward and avenge him. Fifth. Don't break ranks to plunder; if we whip the enemy, all he has will be ours; if not, the spoils will be of no benefit to us. Plunderers and stragglers will be put to death on the spot. File-closers are especially charged with this duty. The cavalry in rear will likewise attend to it. Remember that the enemy you engage has no feeling of mercy or kindness toward you. His ranks are made up of Pin Indians, free negroes, Southern tories, Kansas Jayhawkers, and hired Dutch cut-throats. These bloody ruffians have invaded your country, stolen and destroyed your property, murdered your neighbors, outraged your women, driven your children from their homes, and defiled the graves of your kindred. If each man of you will do what I have urged upon you, we will utterly destroy them. We can do this; we must do it; our country will be ruined if we fail. A just God will strengthen our arms and gi
fellow. I waked up about daylight, and soon after heard cheering such as you have heard from our troops on the cars. Lough observed, There is a regiment going up, meaning toward Jackson, where there had been some skirmishing for a few days past. Directly I heard shooting — pop, pop, pop, in quick succession, and horsemen galloping up the road toward town. I jumped up and run to the window, and saw the street was full of Texas cavalry — real, wild, butternut-colored fellows, yelling like Indians. Said I to Lough: Get up, the town is full of secesh! Lough jumped up, took one glance. Wing, we're gobbled, by Judas!! [I never heard him swear before or since.] We commenced washing and dressing. I concluded to try the virtue of a clean shirt with the rascals, and put on a fresh shirt, drawers, and socks. I thought of several things in a very few moments. The financial question was the most troublesome. [Mr. Wing was buying cotton, and had a very large amount of money with him.] Wh
ed fire of both forts, again sent them reeling and staggering back, some of the wounded falling into the river, the dead stretched upon the bridge. All this time a constant fire from thousands of rebels along the river and behind the levee of the dam was directed against our positions, to which our men as constantly replied. Soon they formed again, and urged on by their officers, and goaded to madness by their former disastrous failure, they once more sprang for the bridge, yelling like Indians, and once more that concentrated fire from two hundred guns swept them back. And thus the contest raged till four P. M., when the enemy retired, leaving twenty dead, twenty-eight very badly wounded, and twenty prisoners. Some attempts were made to cross on the railroad bridge, but were speedily abandoned. An attempt was also made at a point a half-mile lower down, where a bridge had been torn up the night before, by order of Col. Morgan. But here also they were doomed to disappointmen
se and our troops, or How far superior they look to our men, etc., etc. In short, as our army was the first of the Federals that ever made their entrance into Van Buren, you may imagine the surprise of the citizens, who, instead of beholding Pin Indians, Southern tories, Kansas jay-hawkers, hired Dutch cut-throats, and free negroes, saw nothing but well-clad and well-disciplined troops. When the first cavalry entered Van Buren, the women inquired whether we had any Pins along with us; and some unsophisticated Federals, not knowing that they meant Pin Indians, drew forth a few genuine pins to accommodate the ladies, which created some merriment amongst those who knew what the ladies meant. In the afternoon of the twenty-ninth orders for a return march were given, and again every mounted man provided himself with a peck of shell-corn, of which article the place was full. At about five o'clock a small party, consisting of Brigadier-Generals Blunt and Herron, and Col. Huston, his Ad
hey arrived first, and took their position in the following order: Next to the fort were the enrolled militia; upon their right was the Third M. S. M.; and the Fourth M. S. M. were still further to the right. The line extended nearly to Fort No. 1, in which were stationed the Eighteenth Iowa. In Fort No. 4 were the Quinine brigade and some other fragments of companies. The enemy now approached in good order, until they came within gun-shot, when they began to crawl upon the ground, like Indians, with admirable skill, from one stump to another, sheltering themselves as much as possible, but keeping up a deadly fire. Not many hundred men were engaged at this time, but the crack of rifles was continuous, like the roll of thunder, and the enemy's grape hurtled along over our heads in a way that was dangerous. Col. Sheppard's regiment of enrolled militia bore the brunt of the fight. They had never before been in battle, but they stood their ground like heroes, until the fire became
free fight, by way of wiping off all scores with the Indians; so altogether, the force exceeded a little over three hundred men. The judiciary probably regard the marching of the expedition as an aid to the U. S. Marshal, in serving writs for the apprehension of several chiefs; but it is quite as probable that the movement was but a part of the campaign upon which Colonel Connor and the volunteers have entered to clear the north and central routes to California of the marauding, thieving Indians, whose murderous hostilities we were so frequently called upon to record last summer. Two previous expeditions under Major McGarry were but the prelude to that which we have now to record, and as far as we can learn, conjecture leads to the conclusion that the end of expeditions has not yet come, and that the Colonel will either make an end of Pocotello and San Pitch, with their bands, this summer, or drive them far enough from the northern route to render it safe for the emigrants. On
Lieutenant Allen is at the house of Dr. Grant, at Pattersonville. The paroled men report that they were very kindly treated during their short imprisonment. They were kept in a guard-house thatched with palmetto leaves, and fed on corn bread and salt meat. Every attention was paid to the wounded by the women of Pattersonville. Every thing in their power to bestow was freely given, although they said that there was not a barred of flour in the place to make a dish of gruel from. They promised to cook the articles sent up to the wounded, and see that they were provided for. Colonel Gray was in command of the post. Ninety-nine of our men were paroled. Their names have not yet been sent in to the Adjutant-General's office. There are several companies of Arizonian and Camanche Indians at the rebel camp. They are filthy and ragged, armed with every kind of weapon, and nearly all drunk when the Calhoun was at Pattersonville. The Diana has been sent to Franklin. Horatius.
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