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: 28
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28 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. [CAP. LIII.
HEADQUARTERS SHELBY'S DIVISION,
December - 1864.
I rested until July 12, organizing and putting into running order
various regiments and brigades, and scouting and patrolling the coun-
try from one end to the other after jayhawkers and robbers, many of whom
were caught and executed directly on the spot. In these quiet and sul-
try days of summer a Federal cavalry regiment-the Tenth Illinois-
came weekly to Searcy and sent an indirect challenge for an equal force
to come down and fight them. On the 11th [12th] Colonel Gordon with
500 men started after them, and on the 12th [14th] at daylight charged
directly into camp, firing upon some sound asleep and others undressed.
The panic and rout was complete. Out of the 600 boasting Federals
not 100 escaped to tell the tale. Gordon gathered up carefully all the
arms, and sending part of his force to the railroad under Major Mc-
Daniel, returned to camp with his prisoners.
McDaniel struck the railroad the next day, captured 13 prisoners,
destroyed about half a mile of track and telegraph, and returned. A
train of cars coming under full steam from Little Rock ran off the
embankment, killing 6 soldiers, wounding severely 17, and destroying
1 locomotive and 2 cars. At the same time I sent Colonel McCray with.
sufficient force to the Mississippi River for several hundred stand of
. arms, which had been negotiated for. McCray was entirely successful,
and succeeded in bringing over about 900 good guns. I now organized
a combined attack upon river and railroad, determining to strike a
double blow in different directions. Colonel McCray went toward the
railroad with about 1,000 men, and I went to White River with about
Reaching the river on the 31st, seven miles below Clarendon, I com-
menced immediately to get my guns in position. While doing so, and
before I could possibly use them, two gun-boats passed slowly down,
one of them landing within ten feet of my concealed scouts. After
they left the preparations were completed, and the river watched a day
and a night, but nothing passed up or down. Still waiting, my tried
and trusty spies soon brought me intelligence that a large Federal force
was advancing up White River by boats and was already at Des Arc,
thus gaining my rear and threatening both the reserve ammunition and
unarmed recruits at Jacksonport. No time was to be lost. Marching
immediately all that day and night and the next day, I reached Augusta
shortly after the arrival of the enemy, who fled hurriedly on my approach.
This sudden and rapid movement on my part alone saved me from irrep-
arable loss. McCray reached the neighborhood of the railroad safely,-
held a good force back as a reserve, and commenced operations. Cole-
man went first with 500 men, destroyed some of the track, burned some'
trestle-work, and retired fighting. Jackman one day later made a vig-
orous attack again, killed 10 Federals, captured 23, destroyed a mile of
railroad, stirred up a hornet's nest, and fell back hard pressed. Then
a large force of the enemy massed on McCray, forced him back, and he
sent to me for help. I marched my entire force night and day to his
assistance, checked the Federals, and drove them back, after which my
command rested for several days.t
* For portion of report here omitted, see Vol. XXXIV, Part I, p. 926.
t For continuation of report, see p. 649.
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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/m1/45/?q=McCray: accessed May 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.