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which we passed (south-east) was extremely rugged, rendering the passage of our artillery and ambulances slow and tedious. Nine o'clock in the evening, however, found us within ten miles of our enemy, who were camped in a force of from seven to eight thousand strong at Boonsboro. From our scouts we learned that they were determined to fight at this point. The rebel forces were under the command of Major-General Marmaduke, Brig.-General Shelby, and other lesser confederate lights, such as McDonald, Quantrel, Livingston, etc. It was a concentration of all the bushwhacking gangs, united to Marmaduke's forces. It was evident that they were driven by necessity to hold, if possible, the section of the country comprising Boonsboro, Cane Hill, Roy's Mills, and Dutch Mills, all within a radius of fifteen miles, and comprising the greatest wheat-growing and flouring section in Arkansas. At four o'clock on the morning of the twenty-eighth the column was put in motion, the Third brigade in
ficient force to pursue them. We did not have at any one time during the day more than nine hundred to one thousand men engaged. The enemy had some four thousand men, under the command of General Marmaduke, and Shelby, Gordon, Gilkey, Elliott, McDonald, and others, (with three pieces of artillery,) who came with the full expectation of an easy conquest. They had invited their friends in the country to come, and bring their wagons — promising them all the booty they could carry. But thanks toly by Cols. Gordon, Gilkey, and Thomson. The latter was formerly Coffee's own regiment. In the batle of Springfield, Marmaduke acted as commander of a division, including Shelby's brigade, as well as his own, with the St. Louis Legion under Emmet McDonald, and some other fragmentary squadrons of cavalry. His troops were all cavalry, except one battery of artillery. The officers whom I have named, foiled in their previous attempts to enter Missouri, determined to proceed down the Arkansas R
en and officers. From subsequent details I am satisfied it will exceed three hundred killed and wounded, besides two lieutenants and twenty-seven privates prisoners. Among the killed (whose bodies were recognized at Hartsville) are Brigadier-General Emmet McDonald, Colonels Thompson and Hinkle, Major Rubley, Captain Turpin, and two lieutenants, names unknown, Colonel Porter, mortally wounded — since dead, Captain Crocker, well known in Western Missouri, and two other captains severely wounded.t two o'clock P. M., arriving at camp for the night at Wood's Fork, eight miles away on the road to Marshfield, whither the enemy, under Colonel Porter, had gone. They were reinforced by Marmaduke, who had been fighting at Springfield, and Gen. McDonald with four thousand mounted men was repulsed there. They encamped on the same creek only one half-mile away, and did not know of our approach until our bugle-call in the morning, which prepared them for an attack, or retreat. At five o'clock
Further from St. Louis. A telegraphic dispatch from St. Louis, May 14,says: The First Regiments of Volunteers of this State have been formed into the First Brigade of Missouri Volunteers. Capt. Lyon has been elected Brig. Gen'l Commanding, and has accepted the command by authority of the President. Emmet McDonald, Captain of the Mounted Rifles, has refused to swear allegiance to the United States, or accept his release on parole, and he is still confined at the Arsenal as a prisoner of war. An application has been made to Judge Treat, of the Circuit Court, for a writ of habeas corpus, and his decision is anxiously looked for. The following arms, in addition to those already enumerated, were seized at Camp Jackson: Three 32 pounders, a large quantity of balls and bombs, several pieces of artillery, twelve hundred rifles of the late model, six brass field-pieces, six brass six inch mortars, one ten-inch iron mortar, three six-inch iron cannon, several chests of new musk
collected in and around Lexington the strongest army that they will be able this year to concentrate in Missouri, and that the defeat of this will drive them from the State. A correspondent of The Times, who witnessed, (under guard.) the conclusion of the siege of Col. Mulligan's position, expressly says: "All the big guns of the Confederates were there. I saw, among others, Generals Slack, Price, Parsons, Rains, Hardes, Gov. Jackson, Gens. Harris, (Martin) Green, McGoffin, Captain Emmet McDonald, Cols. Turner, Payne, and Clay, and so on, ad infinituns. " This leaves only Ben McCulloch's Arkansas ruffians to be accounted for, and they can hardly exceed ten thousand. The capture of Mulligan's force has doubtless given prestige to the rebels, and thus brought some thousands to their standard, while it has supplied them with some valuable, and more indifferent arms. Lexington is the heart of the densest slave region of Missouri, a flourishing and fertile district, which
Captain Emmet McDonald. This gentleman and soldier is now in the city as the companion of his gallant leader, Gen. Price. He has won much renown during the war in the hard service of the West. Although born in Ohio, at the taking of Camp Jackson, in Missouri, he was the only man of eight hundred who refused to take the oath of allegiance; and since that period, at Springfield, Carthage, Lexington, Elk Horn, and in others field, has won the recorded approbation of his Generals.