The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 3. Page: 122
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OPERATIONS IN MO., ARK., KANS., AND IND. T. . [CHA. X.
Colonel Carroll's cavalry was engaged in a part of the field away
from my view, and I herewith submit his report in full. I am informed
that the officers and men of his regiment did efficient service in charging
the battery of the enemy. The Fourth Infantry, Colonel Walker, was
placed in a trying position, especially for new troops, grape shot, shell,
and minie balls flying around them and no chance of returning the fire.
Much praise is due Colonel Rector for the coolness displayed in remain-
ing in position, as well as to the officers of the regiment for their efforts
to the same effect, for at this part of the field was supposed would be
the main fight, and on my return to this part of the field, finding the
artillery withdrawn from the height, I ordered General Parsons' battery
to take position formerly occupied by Captain Reid's battery, and an
advance movement to the east of half a mile by the fourth and third
companies of the Fifth, supported by Captain Carrolls company of
cavalry, to give the enemy battle, should he desire it ; but the Louisiani-
ans, under Colonel Hbert, had fully satisfied Colonel Sigel, and he re-
treated without giving us another chance at him. Colonel CarrolPs
regiment, though badly fatigued, was ordered to proceed on the Spring-
field road in pursuit of the enemy, which duty he performed with his
usual promptness and ability.
My thanks are especially due to the officers of the several regiments
for the promptness and ability with which they obeyed, and to the men
for the determined manner in which they executed, all my orders. To
particularize I would have to send in a full roster. I am particularly
indebted to Colonel Rector for the ability displayed during the engage-
ment; to Commissary-General Grace, who was with me when I led the
Third into action and remained in the thickest of the fight, aiding and
urging the men on to victory; also to my aide, Major Cline, who was by
my side in the thickest of the fight; also to Mr. Samuel Mitchell, Messrs.
Brown, Taylor, andI Dawson, for conveying orders during the engage-
ment as volunteer aides; also to Surgeon-General Smith, and to the
surgeons of the regiments for their kind attention to the wounded.
Our loss has been heavy, but a great victory is ours. Peace to the
ashes of the (lead and immortality to the names of the defenders of the
lovely South. Early in the action Captain Jefferson was sent to recon-
noiter the enemy and was taken prisoner, and is still in their hands.
I respectfully call the attention of the general to the praiseworthy
conduct of Colonels Gratiot, Carroll, and Dockery; also to Lieutenant-
Colonels Neal and Provence, the former of whom was badly wounded
and the latter was continually in the midst of thd battle ; also to Majors
Ward and Featherston.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,
N. B. PEARCE,
Brig. Gen., Comdg. First Division, Army of Arkansas.
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United States. War Department. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 3., book, 1881; Washington D.C.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth154606/m1/129/?q=Gratiot: accessed October 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.