The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 41, In Four Parts. Part 1, Reports. Page: 222
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LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.
but little injury was done him, a few being killed, and as many made
prisoners. Picket-firing commenced with Colonel Stuart's command
at Stony POint the same day, but all of McCray's forces have been fall-
ing back constantly and keeping out of our reach. McCray himself
left Searcy on the afternoon of the 7th instant. His force is reported
at 2,000. Rebel authority reported that Shelby was at Augusta and
proposed crossing at that point to unite with McCray on the Grand
Glaize road and give us battle. To prevent this I moved to-day to
this point, hoping to meet Shelby in the act of crossing the river,
but was disappointed. Shelby, with a reported force of 2,000 men,
left Augusta on Sunday, the 7th instant, taking the road to
Jacksonport. McCray is making the best of his way to join him. I
may not succeed in preventing their junction, but know that I am
strong enough to whip them united. With the enemy (as Dobbin
is reported gone up Crowley's Ridge), who have been annoying
your communications, all on the other side of my force, I deem it
my duty to pursue until they are "captured or dispersed." I shall
accordingly continue my movements and march to-morrow for Grand
Glaize. The command is doing well.
I am, general, your obedient servant,
J. R. WEST,
Brigadier- General, Commanding.
Brig. Gen. E. A. CARR,
Commanding District of Little Rock.
P. S.-7.30 p. m.: In securing a ferry-boat this afternoon at a ferry
about three miles above Augusta, a body of some 300 of the enemy dis-
covered themselves. Captain Latimer, Third Michigan Cavalry, very
adroitly secured the boat, and learned from a woman on the east side
of White River that Shelby was encamped four miles above Augusta.
I believe this to be so, and request that you will send immediately one
or two good steam-boats to Augusta to enable me to cross the river. I
shall keep operating around here until you do this, and propose to
develop the enemy to-morrow. Please send me 45,000 pounds of oats.
I inclose also a memorandum of ammunition, which is much wanted.*
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY EXPEDITION,
Searcy Landing, August 13, 1864.
GENERAL: On the 9th instant I closed the dispatch which I for-
warded to you by means of the canoe, with this postscript.t
On the following day, Wednesday, the 10th, I pushed over a recon-
noitering party at Augusta, which drove the enemy's pickets from the
town. northward. In the afternoon I crossed the Third Michigan Cav-
alry on the ferry-boat previously referred to, and a reconnaissance
twelve miles north from Augusta discovered no enemy. The next day,
the 11th, I crossed the Eighth Missouri by the ferry-boat at Hatch's
Ferry, four miles above Augusta, but learning of the concentration of
the enemy under Shelby at Village Creek, on the Jacksonport road, I
deemed it unwise to have my force thus divided while in the immediate
vicinity of the enemy, and the boats not arriving from below I could
not transport the main body across the river in safety. I therefore
recrossed to the west side of the river the Third Michigan and Eighth
Missouri on the 12th, and returned to this point yesterday, the 12th.
* Omitted as unimportant.
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United States. War Department. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 41, In Four Parts. Part 1, Reports., book, 1893; Washington D.C.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth145053/m1/239/?q=McCray: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.