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 4, Correspondence, etc. Page: 543
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Fifth. Shelby's cavalry. This force consists of two brigades;
names of brigade commanders unknown. The total of this force is
estimated 1,200 to 1,500 men.
Sixth. Irregular troops under the general command of Col. B. F.
Danley. These companies are not attached, nor are they held in reg-
imental form. They are principally engaged in conscripting. There
[are] about 1,000 men under command of Major Rankin, on Saint
Francis River. They are disorganized and without arms. General
Dockery has command of 900 exchanged and paroled prisoners;
headquarters at Washington, Ark. The total of field artillery
within the district of which the informant had knowledge was
At the .date above mentioned the divisions of Generals Marma-
duke and Parsons had their headquarters near Princeton, Ark. The
division of General Fagan was encamped 20 miles south of Pine
Bluff, on the road leading from Camden. General Marmaduke's
cavalry was near Gaines' Landing. General Shelby had crossed at
Dardanelle, on the Arkansas River, and was, on June 6, between
the Arkansas and White Rivers, going east. The cavalry force of
the District of Arkansas is represented as poorly disciplined, mounted
on mules and horses, and carrying a variety of arms. Captain
's battery of six guns (two Parrotts, two howitzers, two un-
known) is attached to Marmaduke's cavalry. This battery is held
to be the best mounted and equipped in the Trans-Mississippi De-
partment. The cavalry force under General Shelby has four mountain
In reference to movements, Major K. is able to give only the gen-
eral impression at General Kirby Smith's headquarters to June 9.
It was to the effect that General Smith's general plan is for a move-
ment in force in the fall, on Little Rock. General Smith is now re-
organizing his command. General Price is at Camden and is busy
with the reorganization. Lieut. Col. C. J. Turnbull, assistant in-
spector-general on General Smith's staff, went recently to Camden
to aid in this work. It is the opinion of Major K. that it will be nec-
essary to collect additional supplies before General Smith can move
iii force. I have the impression, very generally entertained, that
General Smith did not expect to move until September. In refer-
ence to this Major K. narrates the following incident, occurring at
General Smith's headquarters at Shreveport: At the mess table
Lieut. Col. S.-S. Anderson, assistant adjutant-general of General
Smith's staff, made remarks, and they were echoed by Colonel Aus-
tin, inspector-general, and Lieutenant-Colonel Turnbull, assistant
inspector-general of the same, to the effect that the campaign was
over until fall, that they expected no move on our part until then,
and that their own forces would not move.
A fuller report of the information obtained from this office will be
given as soon as it can be prepared. There is given here only that
bearing upon the points for which this was asked. From other
reports forwarded to these headquarters from Natchez, without' date,
received here June 22 and 23, there are gathered evidences, not
entirely reliable, of a concentration of troops at Trenton, Ark.; but
to what extent or for what purpose there is no information.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant.
ALBERT J. MYER,
Colonel, &c., U. S. Army.
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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 4, Correspondence, etc., book, 1891; Washington D.C.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146035/m1/543/?q=Dockery: accessed October 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.