The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 22, In Two Parts. Part 2, Correspondence. Page: 951
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CHAP. XXXIV.] CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE. 951
can assail Fort Smith on a shorter line than I can travel. If I leave
this vicinity, my depots in the direction of Texas will be exposed, and
the Creek Indians, who are not looked upon as being much interested
in our cause, will go over to the enemy. Such is briefly the position of
our affairs in the Indian Territory, and it is not likely to be much bet-
ter, unless a force can be sent from the vicinity of Little Rock to,sud-
denly overwhelm their forces. Such a course will, I think, effectually
remove the danger from Western Arkansas and Northern Texas, and
enable the troops now here to be used in other places. If a movement
of this kind should be made, it must be prompt. "The infantry should
be sent by steamboat, or as near as possible by boats, and a force should
be sent large enough to move on the north side of the river.
Very respectfully, &c.,
Abstract from morning report of Marmaduke's division, Missouri Cavalry, commanded by
Brig. Gen. J. S. Marmaduke, July 31, 1863.
Command. $ C
Marmaduke's brigade............................................... 121 942 1, 398 8,4583
Shelby's brigade..... ....... ......................................... 120 1, 259 1, 570 2,281
Total........................................... 241 2,201 2,968 5,784
[HEADQUARTERS TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT,]
Shreveport, La., August 1, 1863.
Maj. Gen. J. C. TAPPAN,
Care of Brigadier- General fdbert, Monroe, La.:
SIR: General Smith directs you to proceed without delay with your
brigade to Pine Bluff, Ark. On your arrival at that point, you will
report by letter to the commander of the District of Arkansas.
S. S. ANDERSON,
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE INDIAN TERRITORY,
Honey Springs, [August -, 1863.]
Col. A. S. MORGAN,
Commanding Post, Fort Smith :
COLONEL: Everything indicates that our hold of Fort Smith is a frail
one. I desire, therefore, that you keep no large amount of supplies on
hand. Have provisions placed. at Riddle's, so that in case you are com-
pelled to leave hurriedly, you will have something to fall back upon.
There is a defensible position called the " Narrows," near Riddle's, I am
told. Fall back to that place, if you have to fall back. Should the
river be crossed above you, you can still retreat to that point by going
south to the road running from Waldron to Riddle's. Captain [A. H.]
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