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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 9: events at Nashville, Columbus, New Madrid, Island number10, and Pea Ridge. (search)
d take an oath of allegiance to their common country. Curtis did not wait for a response to his friendly communication. He was aware that his foe was rapidly increasing in numbers, and behind the sheltering hills was preparing to strike a heavy blow. Suddenly came the Earl Van Dorn. startling intelligence that Price and McCulloch had been joined by General Earl Van Dorn, March 2, 1862. one of the most dashing and energetic of the Confederate officers, who had lately been appointed Jan. 29. commander of the Trans-Mississippi Department; He had come from Richmond with instructions from Davis to stop the march of the National troops southward. also by General Albert Pike, See page 475, volume I. at the head of a considerable body of half-civilized Indians, making the whole Confederate force, including large 1 numbers of Arkansas compulsory recruits, about twenty-five thousand a strong. Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas troops under McCulloch, 18,000 Choctaw, Cherokee, Chi