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 1, Reports. Page: 416
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MO., ARK., KANS., IND. T., AND DEPT. N. W. [CHAe. XXXIV.
more recently in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States), are,
in my opinion, worthy of recognition on the part of the Government.
I must also commend the excellent discipline which General McRae
maintains at all times in his brigade; the marked good sense and energy
with which he conducted its march to Helena; the promptitude with
which he has always obeyed my commands, and the earnest efforts
which he made to re-enforce General Fagan toward the close of the
I have not in any former report mentioned the officers of my staff,
though most of them have been eminently deserving of praise for gallant
and meritorious conduct upon more than one hard-fought field. Justice
requires that I should not permit the present occasion to pass without
placing upon record my sense and appreciation of the merits and worth
of those of them, at least, who participated in the present movement.
Maj. Thomas L. Snead, senior assistant adjutant-g(neral of my com-
mand, to whom I have been often indebted for vigorous support in hours
of perilous trial (apart from the intelligent and faithful performance of
the responsible and onerous duties of his office), surpassed himself this
day in the intrepid manner with which he bore himself throughout the
conflict, rallying the troops again and again, and urging them forward
to the scene of action. In this work, under the hottest fire of the enemy,
and until we had swept their intrenchments and carried the hill, he was
faithfully, fearlessly, and gallantly assisted by Maj. L. A. Maclean, as-
My thanks are due to my aides-de-camp-Lieut. Richard T. Morrison
and Lieut. Celsus Price-for their willing assistance promptly rendered
upon this as upon other hotly contested fields.
I commend all of these officers to the lieutenant-general commanding, -
and through him to the President, for promotion on account of gallant
and meritorious conduct on the field.
Acting Engineers John Mhoon, of Alabama, and D. C. Cage, of Mis-
sissippi, not only deserve honorable mention for their gallantry upon
the field, but for the skill and energy with which they overcame the diffi-
culties that obstructed my road from Cache River to Helena. I have
repeatedly recommended Mr. Mhoon for appointment in the Engineer
Corps, and again respectfully urge the President to recognize the worth
of so excellent an officer. Mr. Cage's services demand a similar recog-
Nor should the less conspicuous but equally useful services of Maj.
Isaac Brinker and Maj. John Reid be passed over in silence. To the
practical good sense and untiring and well directed energy of the former,
as chief quartermaster of my division, I am greatly indebted for the
accomplishment of the march to Helena and back to this point; while
the latter, as chief commissary of subsistence, has, in spite of many
difficulties, continued to subsist the troops both regularly and well.
Lieut. Col. Clay Taylor, chief of artillery and acting chief of ordnance,
discharged the onerous duties of both these offices with laborious fidel-
ity and to my entire satisfaction.
To my chief surgeon, Thomas ID. Wooten; to Surg. William M. Mc-
Pheeters, and to Assistant Field Purveyor R. M. Slaughter, my constant
thanks and commendation are due for the sedulous manner in which
they have at all times devoted themselves to the sick and wounded, but
never more humanely or more conspicuously than upon this occasion.
These gentlemen tell me that they owe their grateful acknowledgments
to the Rev. Mr. Marvin for the very important services which he ren-
dered at their hospitals, not only offering the consolations of his holy
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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 22, In Two Parts. Part 1, Reports., book, 1888; Washington D.C.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth154600/m1/419/?q=Helena: accessed November 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.