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The combined armies numbered, at that time, about 6,000 men, horse and foot, with eighteen pieces of artillery.
There Lyon remained in a defensive attitude for some time, waiting for reinforcements which had been called for, but which did not come.
The Confederates had been largely reinforced; and at the close of July Lyon was informed that they were marching upon Springfield in two columns—20,000—under the respective commands of Generals Price, McCulloch, Pearce, McBride, and Rains. Lyon went out to meet them with about 6,000 men, foot and horse, and eighteen cannon, leaving a small force to guard Springfield.
At Dug Springs, 19 miles southwest of Springfield, in a broken, oblong valley, they encountered a large Confederate force under General Rains.
While the National vanguard of infantry and cavalry, under Steele and Stanley, were leading, they were unexpectedly attacked by Confederate infantry, who suddenly emerged from the woods.
A sudden charge of