mend him to your attention and that of Governor Gamble, for one of the vacant field commissions in his regiment, which he has so nobly earned. I should be unjust did I omit to name Captain [J. A.] Lennon, of the same regiment, who, at the head of his company, held a most exposed post, and had several narrow escapes from sharpshooters concealed in the brush. But the artillery saved the battle. Lieutenant [W.] Waldschmidt's gunnery was superb and his coolness astonishing. The enemy's Parrott gun got his range, and fired with great precision, compelling him to change the position of his pieces constantly.
A courier reached Houston, giving me the information of the engagement at 3 o'clock Monday morning. I at once moved with 500 men to Hartville, supposing the enemy still in force. Arriving within 7 miles at 4 p. m., my reconnoitering parties brought me intelligence that they were retreating in the direction of Houston. Sending back a courier with orders to Lieutenant-Colonel Caldwell, in command, to hold the place until I could re-enforce him, I countermarched in all haste, through mud and rain, and reached Houston that evening, finding all quiet.
Colonel Merrill's force rejoined me Thursday, and I am now once more concentrated.
Hoping that our conduct will meet the approbation of the general commanding, I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
FITZ HENRY WARREN,
Colonel N. P. CHIPMAN,
Chief of Staff, Saint Louis, Mo.
Return of Casualties in the engagement at Hartville, Mo., January 11, 1863.
Command. Killed. Wounded. Paroled.
99th Illinois 1 29 ...
3rd Iowa Cavalry ... ... 4
21st Iowa 3 18 1
3rd Missouri 3 14 ...
2nd Missouri ... 3 ...
Total 7 64 5
Command. Missing. Total.
99th Illinois 1 31
3rd Iowa Cavalry 1 5
21st Iowa ... 22
3rd Missouri ... 17
2nd Missouri ... 3
Total 2 78
OFFICERS KILLED. - Ninety-ninth Illinois; Lieutenant Thomas A. Hubbard, died of wounds. Third Missouri Cavalry: Captain George D. Bradway.
Numbers 6. Report of Lieutenant Colonel Cornelius W. Dunlap, Twenty-first Iowa Infantry, of engagement at Hartville, Mo.
LEBANON, MO., January 22, 1863.
GENERAL: In obedience to your order of to-day, I send you a full report of the battle of Hartville, on the 11th instant:
With 800 men and two pieces of artillery, under Colonel Merrill, we left Houston Friday noon to re-enforce Springfield.
Sunday morning about 4 o'clock we encountered the rebel army, under General Marmaduke, 9 miles beyond Hartville, on the Springfield road.