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INDIAN TWARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
Generals McCulloch and Price. The battle of
Elk Horn was fought and lost on the 6th and 7th
of March, resulting in the transfer of that army
to the east side of the Mississippi river very
The following extract is from a sketch of Gen.
Cabell's services, written in 1878. The writer
Gen. Cabell proved his ability as a commander,
in this emergency, and twice drove Steele's
army, which largely outnumbered his, back into
their camp in Missouri, and had control of that
section of the country until Van Dorn and Price
returned to White river previous to their leaving
for Corinth, Miss. The entire removal of this
large body of men, including McCulloch's Arkansas,
Louisiana and Texas troops and his own
command, the furnishing of supplies for them and
the regulation of their transportation, devolved
upon Gen. Cabell, and how well the labor was performed,
within a single week, those in authority
can bear witness. It was accomplished without
the slightest delay or accident of any kind.
"After arriving in Memphis, Van Dorn's corps
was continued on to Corinth and Cabell assigned
to command the brigade, composed of the Tenth,
Eleventh and Fourteenth Texas Regiments, Crump's
Texas Battalion, McRea's Arkansas Regiment and
Lucas' Battery, which were in several engagements
around Corinth and at Farmington; and on the
retreat to Tupelo, this and Moore's Brigade,
brought up the rear of Van Dorn's army. When
Gen. Bragg was ordered to Kentucky, Gen. Cabell
was ordered to the command of an Arkansas
brigade, which he commanded at luka, Saltillo, at
Corinth on the 2d and 3d days of October, and at
Hatchie bridge on the 4th. Here he was badly
wounded and carried from the field. These, with
the wounds from the previous day, received while
leading the charge on the breastworks at Corinth,
disabled him from further handling his command,
or rather that portion of it left, and his troops
were united with the First Missouri Brigade, Gen.
Bowen. Upon his partial recovery, Gen. Cabell
was transferred to the Trans-Mississippi department,
to allow time for recuperation and the general
inspection of the Quartermaster's department
Gen. Cabell's old soldiers say that on the field
he was the soul of courage, a constant inspiration
to his troops, and that with him it was always
"Come on" and not" Go on " and that he was
the first to go into danger.
When sufficiently recovered from his wounds he
was placed in command of the forces in Northwest
Arkansas, with instructions to augment the number
as much as possible by recruits, in which he was
very successful, so much so that what became
known as Cabell's Cavalry Brigade was chiefly
organized in this way. It did gallant service on
numerous battle-fields in Arkansas and during the
last great raid into Missouri, on the final retreat of
which Gen. Cabell was captured on the 24th of
October, 1864, in Kansas. This period of service
covered the battles and skirmishes of Backbone
Mountain, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Poteau River,
Boonsboro, Elkins' Ferry, Wolf Creek, Antoinia,
Prairie de Ann, Moscow, Arkadelphia, Poison
Springs, Marks' Mill, Jenkins' Ferry, Glass Village,
Pine Bluff, Current River, Reeves' Station, Pilot
Knob, Franklin, Jefferson City, Gardner's Mills,
California, Boonville, La Mine, Lexington, Osage
River, Big Blue, Independence, Westport, Little
Santa Fe, Marie de Cygne, and Mine Creek, where
he was captured.
The Southern Illustrated News, under date of
November 29, 1862, stated that " Gen. Cabell was
the first official representative of the Confederate
government in Richmond and to his untiring
energy the Southern people are indebted, in a
great measure, for the prompt organization of
Referring to the first Manassas, the News said:
"Maj. Cabell behaved with great gallantry, and on
several occasions exposed himself to the enemy's
fire to such a degree that Gen. Beauregard ordered
him to desist, at the time saying: ' Maj. Cabell,
your life is too valuable to the Confederacy to be
thus endangered.' "
An army correspondent, as quoted in the same
paper, of November 29, 1862, in describing the
battle of Corinth, says: "On Saturday morning,
Cabell's Brigade, of Maury's Division, was
ordered to charge the formidable fort on College
Hill. They advanced unhesitatingly at chargebayonets
to within thirty yards of the position before
they were fired upon, when they were awfully
slaughtered. Still onward they went, after returning
the first fire, their commander at their head.
When they reached the works, Gen. Cabell boldly
mounted the enemy's parapet, closely followed by
his command. The first man he encountered was a
Federal Colonel, who gave the command to ' kill
that rebel officer.' Cabell replied with a right cut
with his sabre, placing the officer hors de combat."
They were compelled, however, to retire with
Gen. Cabell was confined in the Federal prisons
on Johnson's Island and Fort Warren, Boston, until
the 28th of August, 1865. Being released on that
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