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nd opening fire on the enemy before they discovered the movement. Under cover of its fire, I ordered forward the batteries of Capt. Backof, Lieut. Foust, and Lieut. Boeries, supported by the Nineteenth Iowa, Twentieth Wisconsin, and Ninety-fourth Illinois infantry. So rapidly was the order obeyed that the whole eighteen piecesurled upon them, and they were compelled to fall back. This was followed by a charge of the rebels en masse upon the batteries of Capts. Foust and Backof and Lieut. Boeries. Never was there more real pluck and courage displayed, and more downright hard fighting done, than at this moment by tile above-named batteries. Advancing were with their commands in the thickest of the fight, and performed their duties well. I must especially mention the working of Murphy's, Foust's, Backof's, and Boeries's batteries. The former fired his guns with the precision of a sharp-shooter, while the others worked their pieces gallantly in the midst of a terrible infantry
f the West, and it will fill a conspicuous place in the future history of this cruel and unholy war. Since the battle of Cane Hill the forces of General Blunt have been occupying a radius of country of some sixteen miles, comprising Dutch Town Mills, Boonsboro, or Cane Hill, and Rhea's Mills, the great wheat and corn district of Arkansas. General Salamon's brigade occupied Rhea's Mills; the other two brigades, Dutch Town and Boonsboro. On the morning of the fifth, (Gen. Blunt learned thatd the Wire road, leading from Fayetteville to Van Buren; while General Herron, of Schofield's division, was on the same road, making a forced march to reenforce Blunt at Cane Hill or Boonsboro. About three miles, a little south of east of Rhea s Mills, Gen. Herron and Hindman ran together, similar to two locomotives, both rather thunder-struck at this unexpected meeting. Now the fun commenced. The men were speedily formed, the guns unlimbered, and the war-dogs let loose. Blunt's division he
x miles through the mountains. Expecting that the same demonstration would be repeated on the next morning, I directed Col. Cloud, commanding the Third brigade, to strengthen this post by the addition of one hundred cavalry and two howitzers, to be e below the junction of the roads just named, about three miles in rear of their advance. The Third brigade, under Colonel Cloud, was ordered to bivouac for the night on their arms, upon the ground south of the town, that I had selected to make aost, which was replied to by two of my twelve-pound mountain howitzers, without any damage to either party. I directed Col. Cloud to withdraw his troops on the outposts, with a view of drawing them out and ascertaining their force and design. Upon ngagement. All four of the Kansas regiments above named, under the head of their brigade commanders, Colonels Weer and Cloud--both soldiers of the true stamp — penetrated the woods where the enemy lay concealed, and fought them there for two hour
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ne hundred of their men. Their dead were piled upon the ground in every direction, while our loss did not exceed twenty men. The First Iowa cavalry escaped wonderfully, considering the position they occupied before the artillery came up. For the space of half an hour the balls flew around us like hail, cutting the limbs from the trees over our heads and all around us, and yet but two men of the regiment were wounded. Captain Chase, of company C, had two ball-holes in his coat; Orderly Sergeant William A. Clark, who was at the right, by the side of Capt. Chase, had his horse's hip cut by a musket-ball, and private Wilson, of the same company, had a ball put through his hat; with these exceptions we came out of the battle unscathed. Many of your readers would have felt proud of their noble sons and brothers, had they been where they could have seen them at the time I just referred to — every man in his place, scarcely moving a muscle as the balls whistled by his head, his pistol dra
silenced. During this time I had formed the infantry, the Second division, Col. Houston commanding, occupying the right, and the Third division, under my immediate light artillery, at this time especially, he deserves very great credit. Col. Houston was then instructed to move one of his brigades from the right to the supporat the point, and discovering the rebel infantry again moving down the hill, Col. Houston ordered the Twenty-sixth Indiana and Thirty-seventh Illinois regiments to charge them, which they did, Colonel Houston leading in person. It was a repetition of the first charge. The same battery captured, the enemy again driven back, and ide by side, fired by the truest test, their loyalty and love of country. Colonel Houston, commanding Second division, was always in the front, and did valuable sermy left, to drive me back, and I saw the charge must be repeated. I ordered Col. Houston, commanding Second division, to take the Twentieth Indiana and Thirty-sevent
two messenger parties with despatches to Gen. Herron, apprising him of my movements, and, what I believed to be those of the enemy, and urged him to press forward as rapidly as possible, that we might form a junction of our forces before Hindman could get between us, and also directing him to send his trains to Rhea's Mills. Neither of these despatches reached him, the messenger being cut off by Marmaduke's advance. . . . . On learning that Hindman's forces had passed north, I ordered Col. Judson, with his regiment (cavalry) and two twelve-pound mountain howitzers, to proceed rapidly on the same road by which I had sent Col. Richardson the previous night, and to attack and harass them in the rear, which order he executed with promptness and gallantry, attacking them in the rear with his howitzers, and following them two or three miles, until they made a stand in such force as to compel him to withdraw his command. Moving with my staff in advance of the First division, on reachi
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First division to enter the woods and engage them, which order was executed with promptness, Colonel Weer leading the Tenth and Thirteenth Kansas regiments of his brigade upon the right, a portion ofanders. As the immediate commander of the First division, I deem it but justice to say of Col. William Weer, commanding the Second brigade, that he behaved throughout with great gallantry, leading httle, and a complete victory. S. R. Curtis, Major-General Commanding. Official report of Colonel Weer. headquarters Second brigade, First division, army of frontier, camp at Cane Hill., Washmissions. Below I append a list of casualties. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Wm. Weer, Colonel Commanding. Report of Lieutenant-Colonel Bertram. headquarters Twentieth reg All four of the Kansas regiments above named, under the head of their brigade commanders, Colonels Weer and Cloud--both soldiers of the true stamp — penetrated the woods where the enemy lay concea
iam Weer, commanding the Second brigade, that he behaved throughout with great gallantry, leading his men into the thickest of the fight. The same is true of Col. Bowen and Major H. H. Williams, commanding regiments in the same brigade. Capt. S. J. Crawford, of the Second Kansas, who commanded a battalion of that regiment that fought on foot, displayed great gallantry; as did also the lamented Capt. A. P. Russell, who fell mortally wounded. Col. Thomas Ewing, Lieut.-Col. Moonlight, and Major Plumb, of the Eleventh Kansas, gave evidence of their high qualities as gallant officers. To Capts. Rabb and Hopkins, and Lieuts. Tenny and Stover, who served their artillery with such terrible and destructive effect upon the enemy's ranks, too much praise cannot be awarded. All did their duty well and nobly. Men of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana mingled their blood upon the same field, and for the same worthy cause. For their deeds of valor upon the field of Prair
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he men. His worthy qualities in camp, as well as upon the field, entitle him to promotion. I trust that the merits of several non-commissioned officers and privates, will not hereafter be overlooked in granting commissions. Below I append a list of casualties. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Wm. Weer, Colonel Commanding. Report of Lieutenant-Colonel Bertram. headquarters Twentieth regiment Wis. Vols., Prairie Grove, twelve miles South of Fayetteville, Ark., December 9, 1862. General: I have the honor to report that on the seventh instant, after being ordered by you to place that portion of the First brigade under my charge into position, the order was promptly executed by battery L, First Missouri light artillery, supported by the Twentieth regiment Wisconsin volunteers advancing across the creek. After playing the battery for about thirty minutes, doing good execution, I observed the enemy's tire to slacken. I then ordered the Twentieth Wisconsin to
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y order of General Herron. headquarters Second and Third divisions, army of the frontier, Prairie Grove, Ark., December 10, 1862. fellow-soldiers: It is with pride and pleasure that I am enabled to congratulate you on the victory so recentlyn, Army of the Frontier. Major Kent's report. headquarters Nineteenth Iowa volunteers, camp Prairie Grove, December 10, 1862. To Colonel William Orme, Commanding Second Brigade, Third Division, Army of Frontier: sir: I have the honor of , etc., F. J. Herron. Missouri Democrat account. army of the frontier, in camp at Rhea's Mills, Arkansas, December 10, 1862. Editors Missouri Democrat: Ere now you will, no doubt, have received and published brief telegraphic despatchesg the day. Iowa. Chicago Tribune narrative. camp Thirty-Seventh Illinois Vols., battle-field, Prairie Grove, Dec. 10, 1862. On this beautiful morning, as I write, the sun shines out clearly and brightly, and the hum and bustle in our cam
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