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: 419
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ATTACK ON HELENA, ARK.
ranks. The first field officer that I met was Colonel [A. T.] Ha thorn,
at some huts where some of General Fagan's wounded were, and in a
short time General Fagaii came up. After moving a short distance
from here, I met General Holmes.
I must here call your attention to the fact that the information con-
cerning the localities, strength of the enemy, &c., was very erroneous.
The ground over which we moved was almost entirely impracticable;
the crest of the hill so narrow that it would have been murder to have
.Lttempted to have assaulted along it; the sides of the hill, full of gulches,
with almost perpendicular sides, and that covered with fallen timber, so
placed as to most impede an approach; the day one of the hottest; our
column not: only exposed to a storm of shell, but for a long way (say
600 yards) to a fire of canister and grape, front and flank, as well as from
sharpshooters from rifle-pits, which were placed by the enemy to pro-
tect every possible approach. Under all this I am proud to say that
my little brigade of less than three regiments, and these small, moved
steadily, without faltering, upon the foe, protected by fortifications and
artillery, and the hill up which the final rush was made was so steep
and slippery that it was almost impracticable. For all that, with a wild
shout they rushed up it, drove the concealed enemy from his position,
and seized his works. I am happy and proud to state that the officers
and men in my brigade did their whole duty, and where all did so well
a distinction is difficult.
As for my field officers, that they did their duty it needs but to state
that of 9 that went into the battle 6 were wounded, 2 mortally.
Attention is called to the gallant conduct of Colonel [R. A.] Ilart, who
led his men to the assault, and when in the fort seized one of the enemy's
guns and fired it against them.
Here also fell mortally wounded Lieut. W. F. Rector, adjutant of Hart's
regiment. whose gallantry and undaunted bravery signally dlistinguishel
him in the assault.
" Major [J. M.] Davie, gallantly leading his men, fell shot through the
thigh in front of the fort.
Captain [W. C.] Robinson, acting major, fell mortally wounded in front
of his men.
There also fell mortally wounded the brave, the zealous Major [J. C.]
Martin, of Hart's regiment, as also Majeir [A. F.] Stephenson, of Gause's
There also fell Captain [J. C.] Garland, of Glenn's regiment, Lieuten-
ant [Thomas A.] I'ppes, o C Gause's regiment, than whom a better man
or braver soldier has not oftfr .l i, his iif d(luring the war.
Colonels [J. ',.j Glenn an! [L. ('.] Gause, and Lieutenant-Colonels [J.
W.] Rogan and [William] Hicks, deserve special mntion for the cool
and daring manner in which they led their men.
Lieutenant [J. W.] Crabtree, of Glenn's regiment, displayed the great-
Sergeant [John H.] Champ, Company A, of Hart's regiment, deserves
the greatest credit for gallantry, rushing in advance of his regiment in
Color-Sergeant Garland, of Glenn's regiment, also deserves special
mention. He advanced his regimental colors to the frout, and main-
tained his position through the assault, his colors being torn into rib-
My thanks are due my staff for efficient aid rendered me duriug
the action; especially to Lieut. John W. McKay, my acting assistant
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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/m1/422/?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.