The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 13. Page: 862
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MO., ARK., KANS., IND. T., AND DEPT. N. W. [CHAP. XXV.
by me, enabled him to pay the two oldest regiments up to January 18
and manage to partly pay off his outstanding debts. In February, as
I learn, moneys for us were sent to Majors Clark and Cabell, but not
a dollar of these reached us until late in May. I sent an agent to
Major Clark and procured from him $521,000. Late in June $830,000
more was brought us from Richmond; and these sums, with $110,000
received prior to February 24, are all that ever have come into this
I was in hopes of being able still to hold the Indian country, and
that what little force I had would be left me and further depredations
refrained from; but on May 31 Major-General Hindman was placed by
General Beauregard in command of the Trans Mississippi District,
including the Indian country, and almost his first act was to order
me to send him a six-gun battery, under Captain Woodruff, with 150
rounds of ammunition for each gun, and all my white infantry; and
immediately after he orders me to make my headquarters at Fort
Gibson, in order to display my weakness, I suppose, to the enemy and
invite an attack and utter demolition, followed by the loss of the whole
country. I hesitated to obey the order, but I did so, and have regret-
ted it ever since. It left me no infantry but two small regiments of
mounted Texans, with four unattached companies and two half com-
panies of artillery, strong enough together to man six guns, and for
which I was then buying horses one at a time-sometimes one, two, or
three a day, sometimes one in three days-and one of the half compa.
nies, composed of Texans, was entirely raw and unused to the guns.
Woodruff's company was well disciplined and well taught and worth
more to me than a regiment. I sent it away and remained discour-
aged. With it went every round of fixed ammunition I had, except
some made up by Captain West with rifle powder out of my little stock
that had fortunately been rescued when already on a steamboat, about
to be taken to Little Rock, under General Van Dorn's order. On send-
ing Woodruff's battery and the infantry to General Hindman I wrote
him, detailing at full length the condition of my command, the spo-
liation I had undergone, and the embarrassments I labored under.
Copies of that letter* and of his replyt have been forwarded to the
Secretary of War, and if you have not read them I earnestly request
that you will do so; not on my account, but on account of the public
interests involved in the Indian country. Looked at as affecting the
Indians and our pledges to them, surely the depredations committed
at their expense are utterly inexcusable and deserve even harsher
Upon the receipt of General Hindman's reply I was satisfied. To
be sure I was left with no force but the Indians, a handful of mounted
men, and six available guns, notwithstanding all my exertions, and the
excellent and ample outfit I had secured was gone to equip a part of
the army at Corinth, whose general had made no exertion to obtain
anything for himself. But still I was willing to try to hold the Indian
country if I could be left alone. General Hindman wished to add
Northwestern Arkansas to my command, but I declined for the reasons
to be hereinafter stated and which I made known to him, and I hoped
his letter meant all it said. But I soon learned that a little powder,
procured for me by an officer sent to Corinth and conveyed by him to
Fort Smith, had been seized there by General Hindman's order, and
conveyed, without notice to me, to Little Rock. Col. Charles A. Car-
* See Inclosure No. 3 to Pike's letter of July 20, p. 857.
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