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De la Hunt (search for this): chapter 26
nine, I learn, were killed, and of the Nineteenth Iowa, one hundred and ninety-seven killed and wounded. What the casualties may have been in the other regiments named, I am not informed. The reports soon to be made will give the facts. Among the killed in Gen. Herron's command is Lieut.-Col. McFarland, of the Nineteenth Iowa, and Major Bredett, of the Seventh Missouri; and among the badly wounded, Col. Black, of the Thirty-seventh Illinois, Major Thompson, of the Twentieth Iowa, and Lieut. De la Hunt, of the Twenty-sixth Indiana. Some thirty of the line-officers of that division are said to have been wounded. Coming upon the field later in the day, the casualties in the right wing or First division of the army, are, perhaps, less than in the other — but still very numerous. Three only of the infantry regiments, the Tenth, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Kansas, and one of cavalry (dismounted and acting as infantry) the Second Kansas, of the First division, were involved in the confli
ng 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 iwere 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 a 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 ther batteries, coming up to within two hundred yards of them, but they couldn't face the music. Such firing as Foust's and Backof's guns put in just then could not be withstood, and they broke, our men pouring volley after volley of musketry into them
J. J. Murphy (search for this): chapter 26
k, and having excellent range, compelled my advance to fall back. It being impossible to move my command across the ford, under their fire, I then ordered Colonel Halston, commanding Second division, to cut a road through the timber and move Captain Murphy's battery (F, First Missouri artillery) to a point on the south side of the creek, and half a mile from the regular ford, my intention being to draw the fire of the enemy to enable my infantry to cross the creek at the ford. The movement wasas always in the front, and did valuable service. Cols. Orme, Clarke, McE. Dye, and Bertram, commanding brigades, 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 fire. My cavalry, the First Iowa, Eighth Missouri
m the two mountain howitzers attached to the Third Wisconsin cavalry, was directed upon them further on my right, with good effect. It was here that the rebel General Stein fell. A few minutes after this last repulse of the enemy by Lieut. Tenny, a rebel battery of ten guns, supported by a heavy body of infantry, opened from thei fire; or, to use a homely but appropriate phrase to describe it, it was a perfect blaze! It was there that, as Gen. Marmaduke informed the writer, the rebel Col. Stein fell, with a ball from the gun of some of ours through his brain. Night and darkness finally closed the battle, each party retaining the ground they had occuels think and say of the Thirty-seventh Illinois. Gen. Herron said we did the best fighting of any regiment on the field. All did most nobly. The rebels lost General Stein and several Colonels, etc., killed. Our regiment captured one standard of rebel colors, and brought off the standard of the Twentieth Wisconsin, left on the f
Skirmishers (search for this): chapter 26
d here notice the bravery of Capt. Bruce and the men under him. After advancing up near the wood the enemy came out of cover showing a heavy body of infantry and two battalions of cavalry. They met with a warm reception from the right under Capt. Bruce, which made them scatter. At this time I got an order from Col. Orme to fall back to the corn-field so as to let the batteries shell the woods, which was done in good order and held until ordered to join the regiment. R. Root, Lieutenant Commanding Skirmishers. On the morning of the eighth I was ordered into line at six o'clock, and advanced across the creek and formed in line of battle, and advanced up through the timber on the left of the Twentieth Wisconsin. I was then ordered to occupy tho fence east of the house, which I did, crossing part of the ground that was fought over. the day before. I occupied the position until ordered to fall back, so as to let both sides have a chance to collect their dead. I selected an advan
T. Moonlight (search for this): chapter 26
ment advancing upon the left of the Indians; the left wing of the Kansas Eleventh, under Lieut.-Col. Moonlight, supporting Rabb's and Hopkins's batteries. The First Iowa, Tenth Illinois, Eighth Missid 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 gallancy may arise, you will be equal to the task. James G. Blunt, Brigadier-General Commanding. T. Moonlight, Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff. Congratulatory order of General Herron. hea division, army of frontier, camp at Cane Hill., Washington Co., Ark., Dec. 12, 1862. Lieutenant-Colonel Moonlight, Chief of Staff: Colonel: Having just received the reports of the subordinate commugh what they are precisely I have not learned. I hear the conduct of Colonel Ewing and Lieut.-Col. Moonlight, of the former, and Col. Bowen, of the latter, spoken of in high terms for their gallant
lls, Ark., Sunday, Dec. 7, 1862. Death has reaped a terrible harvest to-day. The battle of Prairie Grove will long be remembered by the 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 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 e
as the telegraphic despatches have been in the habit of reporting it, usually, along the Potomac, during some eighteen months past. But it was a quiet to be of very brief duration here. On the second of December Gen. Blunt received information of a character to leave no doubt upon the subject that the united rebel forces in Western Arkansas, at least twenty-five thousand strong, under the command of Hindman, a Major-General in their service — with Marmaduke, Parsons, Roane, Frost, Shoup, Fagan, and others as brigadiers — were preparing to march upon him from a point midway between Van Buren and Cane Hill, and that they might be looked for at any day; the distance from their position to the latter point being not to exceed twenty miles. Determining at once to hold Cane Hill, unless driven from it by an overwhelming force, General Blunt immediately sent despatches for the Second and Third divisions of the army of the frontier--which he had been advised by Gen. Schofield were placed
ress my thanks to Brig.-Gen. F. J. Herron for the promptness with which he responded to my order to reinforce me, as also for the gallantry displayed by him upon the field. His conduct is worthy of emulation and deserving of the highest praise. To the members of my staff, Major V. P. Van Antwerp, Inspector General; Capt. Oliver Barber, Chief Commissary; Capt. Lyman Scott, Jr., Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, and Lieuts. J. F. till, H. G. Loring, G. M. Waugh, D. Whittaker, and C. II. Haynes, aids-de-camp, who we're in the saddle and with me constantly from before daylight in the morning until the close of the action after dark, I am indebted for efficient and valuable services on the field. Made a special target by the rebel troops, in obedience to the notorious address of their Commanding General, Hindman — issued on the eve of the battle, and a printed copy of which, over his signature, each of them carried on his person — to shoot down my mounted officers, they were saluted
Willis H. Pettit (search for this): chapter 26
and, the fighting battalion of the First Missouri cavalry, gallantly held in check the rebel advance in the early part of the day, and on this occasion officers and men have added to their already high reputation. To Capt. Wm. Hyde Clark, my Assistant Adjutant-General, who had for three days been carried sick in an ambulance, but mounted that morning to be with me during the battle, I am much indebted for services on the field, and also to Captain Littleton, C. S., Captain Brewster, Lieutenants Pettit, Thomas, and Douglass, of my staff, for their conduct and assistance throughout the battle. There were many instances of individual courage and bravery that I should like to mention, but will have to refer you to the reports of brigade commanders. Of Lieut.-Col. Black, Thirty-seventh Illinois infantry, I must say that a braver man never went upon the battle-field, and he has, on this occasion, added to the laurels won at Pea Ridge. In conclusion, General, let me say for the Second a
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