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Bradley Fletcher
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By three o’clock, Price’s attack on the far Union right is gaining steam as the Missouri State Guard A charges into Clemen’s Field, scattering Dodge’s cavalry. Pushing up the road to the farm, a sharp fight ensues with the rebels driving the 4th Iowa back with heavy loss. Dodge and Curtis hurry to regroup the broken brigade, even as Green’s brigade and, shortly, Confederate batteries arrive to strengthen the line as it prepares to cross the field.

Closer to Elkhorn Tavern, Slack withdraws to regroup, while Little continues to show no appetite for attacking Vandever’s men backed up by the gun line along the road.

From his headquarters near the tavern, Curtis realizes that his position is under growing pressure from three sides—with only the road to the south still open. McCulloch’s advance from the Confederate right has finally made solid contact with Weston and Hayden’s battery, who are struggling the face of superior numbers. Word that White’s brigade, a pair of strong regiments and a battery, have arrived from Davis allays his fears of a sudden rebel thrust down through Cox’s cornfields, cutting his lifeline.

At 4:30, Earl Van Dorn rouses himself sufficiently to assume command of the battlefield and coordinate his attacks. His primary plan is to strike directly at the tavern with Slack and Little’s men, and sends for the Missouri State Guard B, who have sat idle since the start of the fight, to retrace their route along the roads and join in the planned assault. By five o’clock the brigades have approached the Union line, preparing for the attack.

The fighting to the west has slackened as both sides struggle to regroup their forces which consumes most of the afternoon hours. McIntosh and Pike know their dismounted cavalry have just held on and welcome the chance to rest and refit. Osterhaus takes stock: Bussey’s shattered forces are slowly collecting back at Leetown, while Greusel continues to hold near the crossroads but remains too weak for another push on Foster’s Farm. Disgusted by the inaction, Davis prepares to lead Pattison and a battery to Curtis on the right.

At 5 pm Van Dorn orders the assault on Elkhorn Tavern, and the fighting swirls around the crossroads for the next hour. Slack and Little attack, are thrown back, and resume the fight, while the Missouri State Guard B feeds men into the line. Slack finally overruns the gun line at the tavern, capturing several cannon and smashing a Union regiment. Curtis hurls Schaeffer’s newly arriving troops into the fight but facing parts of three Confederate brigades, their only contribution is to briefly hold open a gap allowing Vandever’s other mauled regiment to escape. The other wing of the Missouri Guard, pushing up from the Clemen’s Farm, slams shut the narrow opening too late. Across the field, Herbert A’s brigade drives Weston and Hayden back, and Curtis orders a withdrawal back down the road towards Pratt’s Store where Union forces are gathering as night falls.
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