The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 48, In Two Parts. Part 1, Reports, Correspondence, etc. Page: 712
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LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPP.
are, first in importance, Little Rock, Devall's Bluff, the line of railroad
between the two places, and Pine Bluff. As a support to this occupa-
tion I would hold Lewisburg with a small force to observe the enemy's
motions. As long as we hold Pine Bluff the enemy dare not cross the
Arkansas below this point, and with Lewisburg in our possession he
is forced to cross at Dardanelle or its vicinity, and thus give us timely
notice of his movements. A few men at Saint Charles and the mouth
of White River are well placed to prevent the boats from being fired
upon by guerrillas and to furnish guards to the boats. The country
between White River and the Mississippi has a few guerrillas who
would be very annoying to boats plying the Mississippi were Helena
abandoned. I should certainly retain a small force at that point as
long as we occupy this country. I formerly held to the opinion that
Fort Smith was a useful point to hold, but its utter inability to prevent
Price's passage of the river when invading Missouri, or to stop its
return when he passed in a short distance of that point, the fact it
does not even protect the citizens of Arkansas who live one mile distant
from its line of works, and the immense expense of supplying the
troops stationed there, have caused me to change my opinion, and to
recommend it be abandoned and the troops concentrated here. Fort
Gibson is supplied from Fort Scott, and might remain with its present
garrison until they have consumed their present supplies and then fall
back to Fort Scott. I would recommend the turning over of Fayette-
ville and its troops to the Department of the Missouri. The size of the
garrisons and their due proportions to hold these points, I have before
given, and you have it on hand. Looking at the map, and from all the
information I can glean, I think that Gaines' Landing, on the Missis-
sippi River, would be a proper point to occupy. It is as near from
there to Camden as this point is. It is near the point that Marmaduke
last summer annoyed our boats, and is a favorite point of crossing the
Mississippi River by the rebels. It threatens the enemy's communica-
tions whenever they move north of the Washita River. As to its facil-
ities for being supplied, they are manifest.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. B. WHEELER,
Captain of Engineers. Chief Engineer Department of Arkansas.
GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF ARKANSAS,
No. 14. Little Rock, Ark., February 1, 1865.
The following organization of the infantry of the Seventh Army
Corps is announced, viz:
Headquarters at Little Rock. Brig. Gen. F. Salomon, commanding.
First Brigade.-Ninth Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers, Thirty-sixth
Iowa Infantry Volunteers, Fortieth Iowa Infantry Volunteers, Forty-
third Illinois Infantry Volunteers.
Second Brigade.-Eleventh U. S. Colored Infantry, Fifty-seventh
U. S. Colored Infantry, Eighty-third U. S. Colored Infantry, One hun-
dred and thirteenth U. S. Colored Infantry, Fifty-fourth U. S. Colored
Infantry, Seventy-ninth U. S. Colored Infantry, One hundred and
twelfth U. S. Colored Infantry.
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