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Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 26
ered. Whilst we drop a tear, therefore, for those who have fallen, and sympathize with those who are yet suffering, let us not forget to render thanks to the beneficent Giver of all blessings for the success that has thus far attested the truth and right of our glorious cause. F. J. Herron, Brigadier-General Commanding Second and Third Divisions. General Curtis's report. St. Louis, Mo., Thursday, Dec. 11, 1862. Majer-General H. W. Halleck, General-in-Chief of the U. S. Army, Washington, D. C. Further details are received from Gens. Blunt and Herron, from the battle ground, Prairie-Grove, near Fayetteville, Arkansas: Our loss in killed and wounded is now estimated at one thousand, and that of the enemy at over two thousand. The rebels left many of their dead and most of their wounded for us to care for. Extensive hospitals will be improvised in Fayetteville. Persons returned from the battle-field represent that the enemy are twenty-eight thousand strong. Th
Fayetteville, Ark. (Arkansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 26
ht, leading to the same point, and also the Fayetteville road, open for the movement of troops. Iavalry, to move rapidly in the direction of Fayetteville, and form a junction with Gen. Herron. He front, and directed to move rapidly on the Fayetteville road. As soon as I determined on this di been instructed to proceed directly on the Fayetteville road, and furnished with a guide, instead oenth instant, at four o'clock, I arrived at Fayetteville, having marched all night, and was pushing Extensive hospitals will be improvised in Fayetteville. Persons returned from the battle-field ad marched about seven miles south-west of Fayetteville, when musketry was heard in the distance, ak, Van Buren and other roads leading toward Fayetteville, and see that the enemy did not pass up on wagons; or he might proceed directly up the Fayetteville road — on which Herron was undoubtedly apprHerron came out, on the mountain road, from Fayetteville in his march to Cane Hill; and it was in th[14 more...]
Boston Mountain (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 26
f the frontier, Rhea's Mills, Ark., Dec. 20, 1862. Major-General S. R. Curtis, Commanding Department of the Missouri: General: I have the honor to report that, on the second instant, and four days subsequent to the battle of Cane Hill, or Boston Mountain, of November twenty-eighth, I obtained reliable information that the entire force of infantry and artillery of Gen. Hindman's army had crossed the Arkansas River, and joined Gen. Marmaduke at Lee's Creek, fifteen miles north of Van Buren, t on our arms in the very face of an enemy, we distributed ammunition, and prepared to finish the job next morning, but the bird had flown. Under cover of night they had wrapped the wheels of their artillery in blankets, and had escaped over Boston Mountain. The field was ours, and such cheering you never heard. But many a brave soldier had paid for the victory with his life. One thousand of our men lay dead and wounded on the field, while twenty-five hundred of the enemy lay at their side.
Elkhorn Tavern (Arkansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 26
ised of their movements or locality for a period of over two weeks. My telegraphic despatches reached Gen. Herron, commanding the Second and Third divisions, on the third, who promptly responded to my order, keeping me advised, by telegraph from Elkhorn, of his progress. The Second and Third brigades of the First division, with my headquarters, were at Cane Hill; the First brigade at Rhea's Mills, eight miles north, where a large supply-train, just arrived from Fort Scott, was halted. My piebel force under Gen. Hindman, and ordering me to move forward with my command to your support at Cane Hill, Arkansas. Within three hours after the receipt of your despatch, the Second division was in motion, the Third soon following. Reaching Elkhorn on the evening of the fifth instant, I there received your order to send forward all my cavalry to you, and in obedience thereto I ordered forward Col. Wickersham, with the Tenth Illinois cavalry, First Iowa, Eighth Missouri, and first battalion
Missouri (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 26
e 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, andf the battle. My troops all did well, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Missouri, side by side, fired by the truest test, their loyalty and love of country. Ctimated. The stake was an important one. With your defeat, Western Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, and the Indian country would have been the prey of the rebel army. Yse and honor which is justly your due. Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Missouri, your native States, are proud of their noble sons. I, who witnessed your galairie Grove the enemy were making the last desperate struggle to get back into Missouri or perish in the effort, of which we have heard so much. Staking all upon a cIowa First strikes terror to the hearts of their troops, many of whom are from Missouri, and were compelled to flee before us to this State--and to that cause more th
Dutch Town (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 26
people of 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 learDutch Town and Boonsboro. On the morning of the fifth, (Gen. Blunt learned that the enemy were making preparations to cross Boston Mountains, and attack us at Boonsboro. During the day the enemy advanced his pickets, driving ours over the mountains. Both armies then commenced strengthening their pickets. During the night severe skirmishing was going on in the mountains, our pickets slowly retiring toward Boonsboro, and the enemy approaching within two miles of our main lines. During Saturday, the sixth, the enemy continued to hold his position at the foot and u
Rhea (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 26
Hindman had fully four miles the start with the front of his column, his men enthusiastic with the prospect of gaining our rear and cutting off our trains of over two hundred wagons and a fresh supply of commissary stores. This army was upon what is called 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 heard the first roar of the cannon, and were west upon the flank about three miles. The booming of every gun seemed to add strength and speed to man and beast. Leaving the main road, we took a straight shoot over fences, ditches, through fields
Riverside (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 26
ain to bring off his company. When the command was given, the company moved as steadily and in as good order from the field as they could have (lone were they marching out for drill or review. Such men can be relied upon everywhere, under any circumstances. The enemy having left their position in front of Gen. Blunt's camp, in the night, as I have before stated, marched some fifteen miles and attacked a regiment of Arkansas troops (the First) camped for the night on the banks of the Illinois River, cut them up very badly, destroyed their train, and took a portion of their men prisoners. They next surprised and attacked Gen. Herron's body-guard, consisting of one battalion of the First Missouri cavalry, who had preceded the column some distance as advance-guard, killing and wounding, a number of them, taking the Major and a number of his command prisoners. Gen. Herron came up about eight o'clock in the morning, when they pitched into him, thinking, as some of their wounded offi
T. G. Richardson (search for this): chapter 26
r demonstration in front was only a feint, and that their main force had gone by the Cove Creek road, for the purpose of intercepting communication between Gen. Herron and myself; and, notwithstanding that I had received no intelligence from Col. Richardson--upon whom I had relied to watch this movement — I determined to act accordingly. I immediately ordered the transportation to Rhea's Mills, by a road leading directly north over the mountain, guarded by the Third Indiana regiment, Col. Philut 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
Camanche Indians (search for this): chapter 26
Inspector General of his division, Major Van Antwerp and Gen. Herron. What transpired at this interview I am not prepared to state. It is said, however, that Hindman, in true diplomatic style, and with the skill and plausibility of a Talleyrand — he is a man of no little polish as well as ability — presented to General Blunt, for his consideration, several points, in due order, relative to the treatment of the sick and wounded, to an exchange of prisoners, the employment in the army of Indians, negroes — admitting that the former had been first used by the rebels themselves, but with an air of mock chivalry, deprecating the practice by either party; and, finally, wound up with an earnest effort to justify the raising, by himself, of his bands of bushwhacking assassins, whom he plead to have recognized and treated as soldiers in his service — a part of his regular force! Those who were present say that, upon every point where there was any non-concurrence of opinion, Gen. Blun
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