e battles of Oak Hill and Lexington:
Dear Tom: My last letter informed you that, after the action of Carthage, the small commands of Price, McCulloch, and Pearce were on their way to Cowskin Prairie, in order to recruit and organize.
We had not remained in this wilderness of a place many days when information was brought sold all things for Confederate paper, so that it much relieved the commissariat, and eased the line of march.
Ben McCulloch, with his small column, led the way; Pearce of Arkansas followed; and last came the hero and patriot, Sterling Price, with his ragged, half-fed, and ill-armed band of Missourians.
After many days of toantly appropriated, and many of us thanked Providence for the abundance of green corn.
Ben McCulloch had halted his advance on the right of the road, assisted by Pearce, while Price was on the left of it; and thoughtless of danger — in fact, never dreaming of Lyon being in the vicinity at all-threw out no pickets; or if any were