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erable army under Sweeny there, the object of which was to capture or kill them.
The governor, with Generals Parsons and Clark, started to Warsaw.
General Price at Lexington was threatened by Lyon from Booneville, and 3,000 troops, regulars and Kansas volunteers, from Fort Leavenworth.
At this time General Price was seriously sick, which added to the complexities and dangers of the situation.
But, with his staff and a small escort, he set out for Arkansas to see Gen. Ben McCulloch, who commat Lexington, with orders to move them as rapidly as possible to Lamar, in Barton county.
Rains had need to move quickly and rapidly, because Lyon was threatening him from the east and Major Sturgis, with 900 Federal dragoons and two regiments of Kansas volunteers, from the west.
When Governor Jackson and his party, 250 or 300 in number, got to Warsaw, they halted to ascertain what had become of General Price and the main body of the army.
Good news—the first gleam of sunlight that had falle
ciplined and eager for active service—to have beaten back, in conjunction with Price, any force that could have been brought against them.
McCulloch was immovable.
A retrograde movement on Price's part became imperative.
He therefore fell back to Springfield and occupied his old camp there.
But his stay was short.
About the 1st of February, 1862, he received information that the enemy were preparing to advance upon him from Sedalia, Rolla and Fort Scott. Ten days later the column from Kansas, under Gen. Samuel R. Curtis, made its appearance on the Bolivar road, and, though checked for a time by outposts, steadily forced its way. The next day the army, 8,000 men and 51 pieces of artillery, with a wagon train big enough for an army four times as large, was on the road to Cassville.
Colonel Gates with his regiment kept the enemy in check while Springfield was being evacuated.
The three columns of the enemy were now united, and Price commenced his retreat to Arkansas in earnest.