, battle at the), Gen. Henry W. Halleck, who had succeeded to the command of the Department of Missouri, prepared to put forth more vigorous efforts to purge the State of Confederates.
On Dec. 3, 1861, he declared martial law in St. Louis, and afterwards extended it to all railroads and their vicinities.
Meanwhile Price, being promised reinforcements from Arkansas, moved back to Springfield, where he concentrated about 12,000 men, and prepared to spend the winter there.
Halleck sent Gen. S. R. Curtis to drive him out of the State.
Curtis was assisted by Generals Davis, Sigel, Asboth, and Prentiss.
They moved in three columns.
Early in February, 1862, Price fled into Kansas, whither he was pursued by Curtis; and Halleck wrote to his government, late in February, that he had purged Missouri, and that the flag of the Union was waving in triumph over the soil of Arkansas.
In accomplishing this work no less than sixty battles—most of them skirmishes—had been fought on Missouri soil,