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Battle at Springfield, Mo.

Gallant Action of U. States Troops!

Loss About 800 on the Union Side.

GEN. LYON KILLED — McCULLOCH AND PRICE REPORTED DEAD!

[Special Dispatches to Chicago Times]

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 13 — 3 P. M.

This morning a special train arrived from Rola, bringing a messenger to Gen. Fremont in the person of Major Farrar; Aid-de-Camp to Gen. Lyon. He was bearer of the news that a battle took place between the two armies, with immense slaughter on both sides.

The Federal troops, under Gens. Lyon and Sigel and Major Sturges, attacked the enemy in three divisions, driving them with fearful loss from their position. Gen. Lyon fell in the course of the action, and the command devolved on Gen. Sigel, who, after thoroughly repulsing the enemy, made a retrogade movement in good order towards Rolla.

This was done under the belief that Hardee, who some time ago entered Missouri via Pocahontas, in Arkansas, was near the battle field with a heavy force to co-operate with the rebels. Ben. McCulloch had the command of the Confederate forces in the battle, and Price, Rains and Parsons commanded the Missouri secessionists.

The utmost confidence is entertained here that Gen. Sigel will maintain himself until reinforced. The enemy may advance as soon as Hardee joins them. The military department here is actively and efficiently engaged in getting troops ready for an instant movement to Rolla. A train containing 1,000 men left this morning; another is just ready to start, while a third will soon be under way, making 3,000 who will on be under way to-day. Wyman's Illinois and Stephenson's Missouri Regiments are already at Rolla.

The following is the official report as forwarded by one of Gen. Lyon's Aid-de-Camp to Gen. Fremont:

Gen. Lyon, in three columns, under himself, Gen. Sigel and Major Sturges of the cavalry, attacked the enemy at half-past 6 on the morning of the 10th, nine miles southeast of Springfield.

The engagement was severe. Our loss is about 800 killed and wounded. Gen. Lyon was killed in a charge at the head of his column. Our force was 8,000, including 2,000 Home Guards. The muster rolls reported to be taken from the enemy give his strength at 23,000, including regiments from Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, with Texas rangers and Cherokee half-breeds.

Their loss is reported heavy, including Gens. McCulloch and Price. This statement is corroborated by prisoners. Their tents and wagons were destroyed in the action. Sigel left one gun on the field and retreated to Springfield, with a large number of prisoners, at 3 o'clock on the morning of the 11th. He continued his retreat upon Rolla, bringing off his baggage trains and $25,000 in specie from the Springfield Bank.

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