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: 524
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
MO., ARK., KANS., IND. T., AND DEPT. N. W. [CHAP. XXXIV.
assumed command of Brigadier-General Walker's division, consisting
of Dobbin's brigade Arkansas cavalry and [George W.] Carter's brigade
Texas cavalry, to which was also attached [Alf.] Johnson's spy com-
pany and [W. B.] Denson's company. At that time one regiment of
Dobbin's brigade was encamped on north side Arkansas River, at Ash-
ley's Mills. The remainder was on south side river, near Buck's Ford.
Carter's brigade, except about 100 men and one section of [J. H.] Pratt's
battery, were engaged i picketing from Buck's Ford, on Arkansas River,
to Gaines' Landing, on Mississippi River.
On the morning of the 7th, the enemy advanced on the regiment en-
camped at Ashley's Mills, driving the same back to the river. Colonel
[Robert C.] Newton, then commanding the brigade, was present in com-
mand. The regiment lost 1 killed, 3 wounded, and 2 captured, including
Captain [Edward H.] Cowley, adjutant of the brigade. The enemy ad-
vanced in greatly superior force, and Colonel Newton crossed the river
about 8 miles below Little Rock with that portion of his command, ford-
ing the same. This was about 10 o'clock in the morning. That night the
enemy encamped at Ashley's Mills and Terry's Ferry. From that time
until the evening of the 9th, there was continual skirmishing between
my scouts and the enemy, and also constant firing across the river, with
no loss in my command and with some damage to the enemy, they re-
porting to have had 3 killed at Terry's Ferry.
On the evening of the 9th, the enemy moved down in considerable
force of cavalry and artillery to Buck's Ford, [and] built up camp-fires
within sight of the ford. About 10 o'clock on that night, Colonel New-
ton reported to me that the enemy were moving their artillery to Terry's
Ferry, and were throwing out lumber as if they intended building a
bridge at that place. I had previously, as soon as I discovered them at
Buck's Ford, moved to that point about 200 bales of cotton, and planted
my artillery so as to resist their crossing. I at the same time reported
to Major-General Price, commanding the District of Arkansas, that the
enemy were in front of me in heavy force of infantry, cavalry, and artil-
lery, reported by a citizen named Calvin Pemberton, who had that day
seen Generals Steele and Davidson, to be 30,000 strong, and that I
would be unable to prevent their crossing, my command being very much
scattered, and there being twelve fords between Little IRock and Buck's
Ford, a distance of 12 miles.
On the morning of the 10th, about 3 o'clock, I left my camp near
Buck's Ford and rode up the bank of the river to ascertain, if possible,
what movement the enemy was making, the reports from scouts having
been very unsatisfactory and conflicting. When about 4 miles above
Buck's Ford, and about 2 miles above Terry's Ferry, I discovered the en-
emy digging down the bank.and making preparations to cross the river.
This was just at daylight. The river here made a bend in the shape of a
horseshoe, the enemy being about the center of the bend. I immediately
ordered a section of [C. B.] Etter's battery, which had previously been
attached to my command, to occupy the point opposite to where the
enemy were engaged in cutting down the bank, and to open fire on them,
which it did. The enemy immediately opened on Etter's battery from
five batteries placed on the opposite bank, and from the nature of the
bend and the position of the batteries, being planted on each side of the
horseshoe, swept the entire point on which Etter's battery was placed.
At the same time the section of [J. H.] Pratt's battery was also hotly
engaged with the enemy at Buck's Ford, they having made a demonstra-
tion of crossing there. Finding that Etter's battery was unable to pre-
vent the enemy from throwing a bridge across the river, I ordered one
Here’s what’s next.
This book can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Matching Search ResultsView 11 pages within this book that match your search.
Other items on this site that are directly related to the current book.
The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Additions and Corrections to Series 1, Volume 22. (Pamphlet)
Errata sheets for the Records of the War of the Rebellion include additions and corrections to the text and the index for Series 1, Volume 22.
Relationship to this item: (Is Referenced By)
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Book.
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/m1/527/?q=Etter: accessed November 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.