The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 34, In Four Parts. Part 1, Reports. Page: 672
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LOUISIANA AND THE TRANs-MIsSI5SIPPI. L
GENERAL ORDERS., I HDRS. DEPARTMENT OF ARKANSAS, &C.,
No. 23. ( Little Rock, Ark., May 9, 1864.
To you, the troops of the Seventh Army Corps, who participated
in the recent campaign designed to co-operate with General Banks'
movement against Shreveport, the major-general commanding ten-
(lers his earliest and grateful thanks. Although you were compelled
to fall back without seeing the main object of the expedition acconm-
plished, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have
beaten the enemy wherever he has met you in force, and extricated
yourselves from the perilous position in which you were placed by
the reverses of the co-operating column. This let loose upon you a
superior force of the enemy, under one of their best generals, causing
the loss of your trains, a total interruption of your communications.
and rendering it impossible for you to obtain supplies. You have
fallen back over rivers and swamps while pressed by a superior force
of the enemy, and this you have done successfully, punishing the
enemy severely at the same time. The patience with which you
have endured hardships and privations, and(i your heroic conduct on
the battle-field, have been brought to the notice of the Government.
and will furnish a page in the history of this war of which you may
well be proud.
Ma cjor,-Generail, (Covr ,mnndinU.
Report of Capt. Junius B. IWheeler. U. S. Corps of Engineers, Chief
LITTLE ROCK, ARK., May 5, 1864.
MAJOR: In compliance with paragraph 490, Revised Regulations
(1803), and by request of Major-General Steele, commanding the
Department of Arkansas, I have the honor to submit the following
report : In obedience to orders of Maj. Gen. F. Steele, the troops
commenced to move from this place on the 23d day of March, 1864,
on what is known as the military road leading to Benton and Rock-
port. The bridge train, consisting of thirty-four wagons, with two
companies of tlhe Twenty-fourth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, under
command of Capt. S. P. Barris, the senior officer present, acting as
pontoniers, moved out on that day at the head of the general supply
train. The battalion being small in numbers, at my request General
Steele re-enforced them by a detail of 100 men from what was then
known as the Fourth Arkansas. African descent. These men were
recruits for one of the colored m egiments. and were unarmed.
Spades. shovels, picks, and axes were distributed among them, and
they were usefully employed on the march in repairing the road,
helping the bridge train through bad places, and useful as ponton-
iers whenever the bridge was laid. The advance of the column
encamped on the Saline River. 26 miles from Little Rock, on the
24th. It had rained on the 24th, and we found the road soft in the
Saline bottom, which became badly cut up before the train was all
over on the 25th. It became necessary to corduroy a portion of it
in order to get the whole train over. Upon leaving the bottom we
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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 34, In Four Parts. Part 1, Reports., book, 1892; Washington D.C.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146033/m1/701/?q=African: accessed May 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.