October 13, 1862: Rosecrans routs Price at Corinth

William Rosecrans

New York Times reports Rosecrans’ victory at Corinth.


— Our late victory near Corinth, Mississippi, under Gen. ROSECRANS, appears to have been the most decisive, although not the greatest battle of the war. The enemy, indeed, seems to have suffered a complete rout. Gen. ROSECRANS, whose modest and soldierly dispatches have from time to time excited general admiration, reports that PRICE and VAN DORN’s army is dispersed, demoralized, and incapable of further mischief. He had captured two thousand prisoners, including a hundred officers, and quantities of artillery, small arms, and ammunition. He desired to follow up the rebels to their utter destruction, and thus finish up work in that section, but Gen. GRANT strangely recalled him from pursuit, on the 9th inst.

ROSECRANS has proved himself one of our most accomplished officers. He always does his work well, without bombast or pretense; but the present triumph is his greatest achievement. Gen. PRICE has not figured before in a field engagement, that we remember, since the battle of Pea Ridge — having arrived with his army to the support of BEAUREGARD at Shiloh just after the battle was over. He has never before been so decisively beaten as now. In the early days of the rebellion, he figured as a sort of Stonewall Jackson of the West, for rapid movements, daring operations, and unconquerability. But, alas! he was driven from Missouri; the “State Guard” he had gathered disbanded; he has been maltreated by the rebel authorities; and now his army, which a fortnight ago threatened such great things, is defeated and routed. Poor old PRICE!

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