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: 801
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T'IIE CAMII)EN EXPEDITION.
ton and Capt. C. J. Hanks-behaved with distinguished gallantry.
were alike reckless of life and danger, and seemed rather to court
death than to avoid it. To my chief surgeon, Dr. W. M. McPheet-
ers. I am especially indebted for the prompt and faithful discharge
of his duties in the field, as through his untiring zeal and unceasing
attention to the wounded none were left uncared for. To my chief
quartermaster, Maj. C. B. Moore; chief commissary of subsistence,
Maj. J. R. Upshaw; and ordnance officer, Capt. C. E. Kidder, I
am indebted for many valuable services, and for the promptness
with which the command was supplied with forage, supplies, and
I have the honor to remain, very respectfully, your obedient
T. J. CHURCHILL,
Brigadier-Genercal, Commanding Division.
Lieut. Col. J. F. BELTON,
Report of Brig. Gen . James C. Tappan, C. S. Army, commanding
brigade, of engagement at Jenkins' Ferry.
HDQRS. TAPPAN'S BRIG., CHURCHILL'S DIV.,
In the Field, May 2, 1864.
LIEUTENANT: I have the honor to make the following report of
the part taken by my brigade in the engagement which occurred on
April 30 at Jenkins' Ferry, on Saline River, some 45 miles from
Little Rock. Ark.: When we returned from Louisiana the enemy
occupied Camden. They evacuated it on the night of April 26,
and our forces took possession of it the next day. Thursday morn-
ing we crossed the river at Camden in pursuit of the enemy. Owing
to the delay in crossing we only went 14 miles that day. We con-
tinued the pursuit on Friday, marching some 25 miles, and within
12 miles of Jenkins' Ferry. At 12 o'clock that night we resumed
our march and continued it until we arrived within a mile of the
Saline Bottom, when we halted and built fires to warm and dry the
men. It had rained Friday evening and nearly all that night. The
men were very wet and the roads quite muddy.
My brigade consisted of Grinsted's regiment, commanded by Col.
H. L. Grinsted; Dawson's and Portlock's (consolidated) regiments,
commanded by Lieut. Col. W. R. Hardy, and Shaver's and Gaither's
(consolidated) regiments, commanded by Col. R. G. Shaver. We
had hardly finished building fires before we were ordered to advance.
By this time the cavalry skirmishers had engaged those of the
enemy. On reaching the brow of the hill. at the edge of the bot-
tom, I was ordered by Brigadier-General Churchill, commanding
the division, to deploy my brigade as skirmishers and to move for-
ward at once and attack the enemy, who were posted in our front
from a half to three-quarters of a mile. I instantly did as directed,
selecting one company from each regiment as a reserve. As I was
forming the line a subsequent order directed me to select Grinsted's
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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/m1/830/?q=Tappan's: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.