Civil War reports from the pages of the Madison Daily Courier ... March 1862
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March 17, 1862
The Body of Col. Hendricks. - Our dispatches today state that the remains of our late townsman, John Abram Hendricks, who fell at Pea Ridge, Ark., arrived at Rolla, Mo., on Saturday, accompanied by his brother, Paul Hendricks. Lieut. Perry Watts, of Captain Litson's company, will probably be brought on the same train. Suitable arrangements are being made to honor the gallant dead by the militia of this city and vicinity....The body of Col. Hendricks will arrive on the 5 o'clock train today. Funeral at 2 p.m. to-morrow.
March 18, 1862
Note: Cherokee Indians, allies of the Confederacy, took part in the Battle of Pea Ridge.
The Battle of Pea Ridge, From the 22D Indiana.
The following is the substance of a letter received by Mr. John E. Moore, of this city, from his son William. The letter is dated: In Camp near Leesburg, Ark., March 10, 1862.
I am still alive and well. We have had a very hard battle with the rebels, lasting three days. The rebels numbered 22,000; our forces 10,000.
Ben McColloch and McIntosh were killed, and Price was wounded. The rebel loss was between 1,000 and 1,300 killed and wounded. Our loss was between 400 and 500 killed and wounded, including our Colonel (Hendricks) and 1st Lieutenant (Watts), and two others of our company.
The 22d was at one time surrounded by the Indians. They were coming on their hands and knees when we first saw them, and we dropped on our bellies and gave them a volley, and then we rolled over on our backs, loaded, and gave it to them once more. The third time the topknots got up and "skedaddled."
I went with Sigels's skirmishers, and we had hot work. An old top knot on a white horse fired at me before I saw him. Jumping behind a tree, I fired, striking his horse; his next shot passed through my hat, close to my scalp; my next passed through his head and killed him. He had a double-barreled shotgun. I took seven prisoners.
The 18th and 22nd Indiana took a secesh battery of six guns at the point of the bayonet. Besides seven or eight large cannon, we took about 400 prisoners, including one General and four staff officers.
March 21, 1862
Far away from the South west the story of a desperate, terrible, and bitterly-contested conflict comes to us; but far away as the field of battle is, it comes to us in far different tones, and with more terrible significance than the intelligence from any other fields of strife. - Our friends, our kindred, our acquaintances and neighbors are among the wounded and slain; and the telegraph hardly ceases quivering with the announcement of anguish to some, before others are trembling in expectation of tidings of death for themselves....
Also March 21, 1862
Dr. L.K. Coonty, lecturer on Spiritualism, is in this city and we learn that he will in a few days deliver a course of lectures on the above subject. Time and place will be given hereafter.
Research conducted by the Jefferson County Civil War Roundtable.