The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 17, In Two Parts. Part 1, Reports. Page: 783
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Report of Col. Robert R. Garland, Sixth Texas Infantry, with applica-
tion for Court of Inquiry.
CAPTAIN: I have the honor to submit the following report of the
First Brigade, Army of the Lower Arkansas and White Rivers, under
my command in the action at Arkansas Post, on the 10th and 11th of
The following corps troops constituted the brigade, viz :
6th Texas Infantry, Lieut. Col. T. S. Anderson commanding ............... 27 515 542
24th Texas Cavalry (dismounted), Col. F. C. Wilkes, commanding ..----- 41 546 587
25th Texas Cavalry (dismounted), Col. C. C. Gillespie commanding --.... - 33 519 552
Hart's battery (six guns), Capt. William Hart commanding ............... 4 79 83
Denson's cavalry, Captain Denson commanding ... ........................ 2 31 33
Total present on Friday evening, the 9th . -..---- ---.. ...--.--. ..... ... 107 1,690 1, 797
Late in the afternoon of the 9th I received orders to hold my com-
mand in readiness to meet the enemy at a moment's notice. Within an
hour after, I received instructions to proceed with mycommand to the
rifle-pits, about 14 miles below the fort. We arrived there a little after
dark, and the following disposition was made of the brigade:
Five companies of infantry, under Lieutenant-Colonel Swearingen,
Twenty-fourth Texas Cavalry (dismounted), and Major Phillips, Sixth
Texas Infantry, were ordered to take position several hundred yards in
front of the intrenchments as skirmishers. The rest of the infantry
were held in reserve and posted some distance in rear of the first line,
occupying the rifle-pits, the right flank resting near the river, the left
on the bayou. Hart's battery was posted on the right of the rifle-pits;
Denson's cavalry were detached throughout the action. This position
was maintained with slight exception during the night "and the next
day, until we were ordered to fall back to the fort.
Saturday morning, the 10th, about 8 o'clock, the enemy's gunboats
commenced shelling our position and continued to do so until we re-
tired, fortunately with but little execution; but one man of the brigade
was wounded severely. Between 1 and 2 o'clock in the afternoon I re-
ceived orders to fall back to the fort. The command retired in good
order, but was delayed some time in assisting to bring up the artillery
and ammunition wagons, the route being exceedingly boggy. On ar-
riving at the fort, agreeably to instructions, the brigade took position on
the left of Dawson's Nineteenth Arkansas Regiment, of Dunnington's
brigade; Hart's battery on the right; Sixth Texas Infantry, Twenty-
fourth and Twenty-fifth Texas Cavalry (dismounted) in succession from
right to left. The line was on a prolongation with the north front of
the fort, nearly at a right angle with the river, extending westward
toward the bayou. The five companies of skirmishers under Lieuten-
ant-Colonel Swearingen having rejoined the command I directed a com-
pany from each regiment to be thrown well to the front as pickets and
skirmishers, and that each regiment proceed immediately to throw up
defenses by intrenching and collecting brush, timber. and such material
as could he found.
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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 17, In Two Parts. Part 1, Reports., book, 1886; Washington D.C.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth154626/m1/794/?q=hart: accessed January 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.