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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 25: capture of Fort Hindman or Arkansas Post. (search)
d at daylight. the guns of the fort again silenced. Sherman storms the fort in the rear. the Army meets with an unexpected reception. the fort surrenders. the honor of the defenders of the fort dimmed. Harrowing scenes. terrible loss of life. McClernand on hand. expedition up the White River. St. Charles deserted. munitions of war captured. Grant assumes command of all the forces. The expedition against Arkansas Post arrived at a point four miles below the enemy's works, January 10th, 1863. The Army landed without delay at 10 A. M., and proceeded on their march to get in the rear of the enemy's works; but they had bad roads on which to travel and thick undergrowth to make their way through. Fifteen miles had to be marched over before the back of Arkansas Post could be reached, and the major part of the night was occupied in achieving their purpose. There were some extensive rifle-pits and works thrown up from which to operate with field pieces. These, as the Army s