The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 3. Page: 124
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OPERATIONS IN MO., ARK., KANS., AND INI). T. [Chr. x.
had ever been upon a battle-field, they maintained their position for
thirty minutes under one of the most galling fires ever delivered upon
a regiment by 1,500 or 2,000 Federal troops, besides being enfiladed by
a heavy battery. They stood their ground, delivering their fire with
deadly effect and extreme rapidity.
I must here mention in terms of high approbation the conduct of my
lieutenant-colonel, David Provence, for his coolness, skill, and gallant
bearing during the whole action, his example having a powerful influ-
ence in keeping the men stea(ly and cool. Major Ward behaved with
great gallantry; also Captain Sparks and(1 his company; Captain Hart
and company; Captain Brown, up to the time of his death, and Lieu-
tenant King, afterward in command of the company; Captain Bell, up
to the time of his death. These companies bore the heat of the action,
and distinguished themselves by their gallant conduct, and the conduct
of the officers and men throughout was so universally gallant and
courageous, that it is hard to make personal distinctions.
After my regiment had silenced all firing upon the north side of
WVilson's Creek, fears were entertained that the enemy were collecting
in force with a view of attacking Woodruff's battery, which yet re-
mained upon the ground that it had occupied during the day. My
regiment was again ordered to the support of this battery, where we
remained until ordered into camp by General McCulloch. As Captain
Woodruff's battery was attached to my regiment, I feel it my duty to
say something in reference to the services of Captain Woodruff and his
battery. The execution which this battery did in the enemy's ranks
was prodigious, and its influence was sensibly felt in achieving the
fortunes of the day, men and officers behaving with great coolness
JOIIN R. GRATIOT,
Colonel Third Regiment Arkansas Volunteers.
Report of Col. J. D. Walker, Fourth Arkansas Infantry.
IN CAMP ON WILSON'S CREEK, MO., August 11, 1861.
The Fourth Regiment, on the morning of the 10th, was placed under
the command of Adjutant-General Rector, who remained in command
during the day. This regiment was not brought into immediate action,
being stationed upon the hill for the protection of Reid's battery, and
although exposed to danger from the fire of the enemy, all the officers
and men of the regiment behaved with the greatest promptness and
coolness in all their )movements during the day. There were none
killed or wounded in the Fourth Regiment.
I have the honor to be, respectfully, &c.,
J. D. WALKER,
Colonel Fourth Regiment Arkansas Volunteers.
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