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: 779
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CHAP. XLVI.] THE CAMDEN EXPEDITION. 779
Report of Capt. William F. Creitz, Fifth Kansas Battery (im-
provised), of expedition to Mount Elba.
PINE BLUFF, ARK., April 7, 1864.
SIR: In obedience to your circular of April 6, desiring the names
of non-commissioned officers and men of my command that deserve
special mention for meritorious conduct during the late expedition
under your command, I would respectfully submit the following
statement: All, both non-commissioned officers and men attached to
my command, performed their respective duties so promptly and
efficiently in the management of the guns throughout the action at
Mount Elba and subsequent pursuit of the enemy, that I beg to be
excused from making special mention of the conduct of any par-
ticular one of my command.
WM. F. CREITZ,
Captain, Commanding Fifth Kansas Battery.
Col. POWELL CLAYTON,
Commanding Post, Pine Bluff, Ark.
Report of Maj. Gen. Sterling Price, C. S. Army, commanding Dis-
trict of Arkansas.
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS,
Camden, May -, 1864.
GENERAL : I have the honor to submit the following as a report of
the operations of the troops under my command in this district dur-
ing the campaign just terminated: The infantry (Price's division)
having been ordered from Spring Hill to Louisiana on March 18, and
followed soon after by Fagan's brigade, then at Camden, left for the
time only cavalry at my disposal.
On March 23, the advance guard of the enemy moved out from
Little Rock on the military road toward Arkadelphia, and were fol-
lowed on the succeeding day by their whole column. Their force,
commanded by Major-General Steele in person, was estimated at
10,000 men of all arms, with 25 pieces of artillery and a train of
400 wagons, including pontoons. As soon as the intentions of the
enemy were developed Cabell's brigade was moved from near Co-
lumbus, on Red River, toward Tate's Bluff, at the mouth of the Little
Missouri. At the same time Brigadier-General Marmaduke, with
Marmaduke's brigade, was ordered from Camden to that point.
Brigadier-General Shelby had been with his command previously
thrown across the Ouachita toward Princeton and Tulip, with in-
structions to watch the movements of the enemy, and in conjunction
with Dockery's brigade and Wood's battalion to harass his rear, and,
if practicable, cut off his trains. Unfortunately, before Brigadier-
General Dockery could execute this order he was on Marcl 29 
attacked at Mount Elba by a party of the enemy from Pine Bluff
and completely routed. They at the same time captured at Long
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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/m1/808/?q=Mount: accessed November 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.