Ballou, Company C, and Sergeant-Major Evans, to reconnoiter the position of the rebels. They found that the whole force had retreated some time before. About 12 m. came up with the enemy's rear guard, concealed by the brush in the Cross Timber; commenced throwing shell amongst them, then advanced our battery to within 200 yards of their position, and threw canister into their ranks, when they fled. The prisoners taken at this place state their loss was heavy from our shell and canister.
On the 17th came up to the enemy's re-enforcements, opened fire with the howitzers from the valley, when the cavalry was ordered to advance. We formed the center of the column, moved up with the guns to within 200 yards of the enemy's battery. After firing a few rounds we retired, together with the cavalry; advanced again, and maintained the position till our place was filled by one of the heavy batteries. Two guns only were used, the other two being in the rear.
On the 22nd detached two mountain howitzers, under command of Lieutenant Madison, and Company B, cavalry, Captain Ing, to join an expedition, under Colonel Vandever, to Huntsville, Ark. Detachment returned to camp on the evening of the 6th.
On the 7th formed my command for battle. At 12 m., according to orders, took two guns, under Lieutenant Madison, and Company c, Captain Benteen, and reported to Acting Brigadier-General Carr, who instructed me to take position on the road between the Ninth Iowa and the Twenty-fourth Missouri. After firing 24 rounds my pack caissons were exhausted, and I fell back. Having resupplied myself with ammunition, took post about 300 yards to the left of my former position, and threw spherical-case shot into the ranks of the enemy until, finding their heavy guns had our range, we fell back.
The ensuing day Captain Williams, with Company D, pursued the enemy some 4 miles, taking 10 prisoners and capturing a wagon and a number of horses.
On the 9th, according to orders from General Curtis, this command reported to Colonel Bussey, Third Iowa Cavalry, proceeded to Bentonville, and attacked the rear of the enemy; threw two shells into their force, captured several horses, and took a number of prisoners. The commanded returned to the camp about 8 p.m.
I have the honor to inclose herewith a list of the killed, wounded, and missing of this command since the 26th January, 1862.*
WM. D. BOWEN,
Commanding Battalion Cavalry.
Commanding Army of the Southwest, U. S. Army.
No. 27. Report of Major Eli W. Weston, Twenty-fourth Missouri Infantry, provost-marshal Southwestern District.
HDQRS. LYON LEGION, TWENTY-FOURTH MO. VOLS.,
March 10, 1862.
I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by my command in the late action of the 7th and 8th instant:
We were encamped at what is known as the Elkhorn Tavern. On
*Nominal list omitted shows 1 man killed, 1 officer and 2 men wounded, and 2 men missing.