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e also at this place, within about twelve miles from Sugar Creek, on the main telegraph road from Springfield to Fayetteville.
Large detachments had been sent out from those several camps for forage and information--one from Cross Hollows to Huntsville, under command of Colonel Vandever, and three from Cooper's farm to Maysville and Pineville.
One of those, under Major Conrad, with a piece of artillery and two hundred and fifty men, did not reach us until after the battle.
All the others ca to go. I soon found the rebel forces had divided and gone in every direction, but it was several hours before I learned that the main force, after entering the cañon, had turned short to the right, following obscure ravines, which led into the Huntsville road in a due south direction.
Gen. Sigel followed some miles north toward Keitsville, firing on the retreating force that ran away.
Col. Bussey, with cavalry and the little howitzers, followed beyond Bentonville.
I camped on the field,