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: 777
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TIIE CAMDEN EXPEDITION.
prisoners. When we came to the fork of Long View and Camden
road, which is some 2 miles from Long View, we took 4 prisoners,
and learned from them that there had been a train of nine wagons
and 25 men passed out a short time ahead of us. We sent a party out
after them, burnt the wagons, and captured the men. We learned
f'ron them there was a large train crossing, which had come out
from Monticello that (day. We moved on, and reached their camp
just at dark. We charged into their camp, surrounded them and de-
manded their surrender, and ordered them to fall in line. We com-
ing on then so unexpectedly, Atnd they being in such confusion,
they obeyed immediately. There were 250 mnlen, 7 or 8 officers. We
destroyed their bridge, threw about 175 or 200 stand of arms in the
river, burnt 30 wagons, which were loaded with baggage and camp
equipage, also ammunition; took some 300 horses and mules. We
then mounted our prisoners, andl returned to our most worthy com-
mander all O. K.
Colonel, we have the honor to be, your most obedient servants,
YOUNG and GREATHOUSE,
Report of Liet. Cdol. Wilton A. Jenkins, Fifth Kansas Cavalry, of
action at Mount Elba, &c.
HEADQUARTERS FIFTH KANSAS CAVALRY,
Pine Bluff, Ark., April 3, 1864.
SIR : On the morning of Wednesday last. March 30, while in camp
5 miles south of the Saline River, I received an order from Col.
Powell Clayton, commanding the expedition from this place, to pro-
ceed with the Fifth Kansas Cavalry to Mount Elba, to assist in
holding that place against a reported advance of the enemy. Lieu-
tenant-Colonel Marks, with portions of the Twenty-eighth Wisconsin
and Eighteenth Illinois Infantry, and about 50 of our poorest
mounted cavalry, had been left to protect our train and pontoons at
Mount Elba, where we crossed the Saline. Upon my arrival, after
a rapid march, Lieutenant-Colonel Marks cane forward and sur-
rendered the command to me, which I immediately assumed. Our
pickets had been driven in about the time, or just previous to my
arrival upon the ground. Lieutenant-Colonel Marks had made
preparations for defense by throwing up a small breast-work of logs,
in the rear of which was posted part of the Eighteenth Illinois and
the three small guns which were left with him. Dismounting my
men and leaving the horses under the bluff and (across the bridge,
I sent the men to the front and threw out a line of skirmishers, some
600 yards in advance, with orders to hold the enemy in check as long
as possible, thus enabling us to construct temporary barricades out
of the rails which were lying scattered around, and in the fences
near by. This was done under a heavy fire from the enemy, who
now appeared in such force as compelled our skirmishers to fall back
to the main command. Our line was formed as follows: The right
was held by the Eighteenth Illinois, the left b)y the Twenty-eighth
Wisconsin and two companies of the Fifth Kansas Cavalry, and the
center by the three howitzers. supported by the dismounted cavalry.
The enemy, evidently expecting an easy victory, kept moving for-
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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/m1/806/?q=Mount: accessed November 12, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.