was 80 miles from Springfield
when he heard of the perils of Sigel
after the fight at Carthage
He pushed on to the relief of the latter, and on July 13, 1861, he and Sigel
joined their forces, when the general took the chief command.
The combined armies numbered, at that time, about 6,000 men, horse and foot, with eighteen pieces of artillery.
remained in a defensive attitude for some time, waiting for reinforcements which had been called for, but which did not come.
The Confederates had been largely reinforced; and at the close of July Lyon
was informed that they were marching upon Springfield
in two columns—20,000—under the respective
commands of Generals Price
, and Rains. Lyon
went out to meet them with about 6,000 men, foot and horse, and eighteen cannon, leaving a small force to guard Springfield
At Dug Springs
, 19 miles southwest of Springfield
, in a broken, oblong valley, they encountered a large Confederate force under General Rains
While the National
vanguard of infantry and cavalry, under Steele
, were leading, they were unexpectedly attacked by Confederate infantry, who suddenly emerged from the woods.
A sudden charge of twenty-five of Stanley
's horsemen scattered the Confederates
in every direction.
The charge was fearful, and the slaughter was dreadful.
“Are these men or devils, they fight so?”
asked some of the wounded.
Confederate cavalry now appeared emerging from the woods, when some of Lyon
's cannon, managed by Captain Totten
, threw shells that frightened the horses, and the Confederates
They then withdrew, leaving the valley in the possession of the Nationals.
's loss was eight men killed and thirty wounded; that of Rains
was about forty killed and as many wounded.