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: 775
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CHAP. XLVI.] THIE CAMDIEN EXPEDITION. 7'75
picket guard March 30, 1864, is worthy of honorable mention for the
manner in which he held the enemy in check with his picket guard
several times (luring the advance of the enemy back as far as the
advance picket-post, and skirmishing in a manner highly creditable
to him and his men.
L. J. SMITH,
Capt., Twventy-eighth Wisconsin ilnfy. Vols., Conmdyg. Regt.
Lieut. JOHN HARDING,
Report of Lieut; Col. Edmund B. Gray, Twenty-eighth Wisconsin
Infantry, of expedition to Mount Elba and operations October
26, 1863-May 13, 1864.
HDQRS. TWENTY-EIGHTH WISCONSIN INFY. VOLS.,
Pine Bluff, Ark., , 1864.
SIR: The Twenty-eighth Wisconsin Infantry remained in camp
at Little Rock, Ark., until the 26th of October, 1863, when their
brigade marched in pursuit of the Confederate forces under Gen-
eral Marmaduke, which had been defeatedd by Col. Powell Clayton's
forces at Pine Bluff on the 25th. Arriving at Benton, on the Saline
River, the night of the 26th, the Second Brigade relieved the cav-
alry force stationed there. which was sent in pursuit of the enemy.
More troops coming up from Little Rock on the 29th, the Second
Brigade was put in motion and encamped at Rockport, on the Wash-
ita River, that night. The next day the expedition started on its
return, and marching through Benton on the 31st, arrived at Little
Rock on the 1st day of November, having performed a march of 100
miles. On the 7th of November the regiment was detached from
the Second Brigade and ordered to join the command of Col. Powell
Clayton at Pine Bluff, where it arrived on the 10th, after a march of
60 miles down the north bank of the Arkansas River. Here the
regiment prepared comfortable winter quarters, and was employed
in post and garrison duty until the 27th of March, when six compa-
nies (A, D, F, G, H, and I), under the command of Capt. L. J. Smith
(Lieutenant-Colonel Gray being left in command of the forces re-
maining at Pine Bluff), joined with the Eighteenth Illinois Infantry
and three regiments of cavalry, under Colonel Clayton, in an expe-
dition intended to destroy the pontoon bridge at Long View on the
Saline River. The expedition arriving at Mount Elba, on the Saline,
the 28th of March, the infantry under Lieutenant-Colonel Marks, of
the Eighteenth Illinois Infantry, was left to guard the bridge at that
point, while the cavalry crossed and proceeded down the river to
Long View. On the morning of the 30th, the infantry forces (six
companies of the Twenty-eighth Wisconsin Volunteers and the
Eighteenth Illinois Infantry), less than 500 men, were attacked at
Mount Elba by a force of 1,500 rebels, under General Dockery.
Companies A, F, G, H, and I of the Twenty-eighth Wisconsin In-
fantry deployed as skirmishers, held the enemy back for nearly two
hours, when they were recalled to receive a charge made by the
enemy, in which he was handsomely repulsed, leaving 100 killed and
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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/m1/804/?q=Mount: accessed November 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.