oubt very beneficial to an army, after constant marching all day. The sky had become partly overcast during the night, so that it was pitch dark when we resumed the: march.
I could not distinguish the color of my gray horse sitting on him. The proximity of the steep sides of the mountains would have made it quite dark even had it been a clear moonlight night, unless the moon had-been high in the heavens near: the zenith.
Several companies of the Second Kansas cavalry, under command of Col. W. F. Cloud, one of the most dashing cavalry officers of our division, was given the advance.
Then came the Sixth Kansas cavalry, under command of Col. W. R. Judson, with whom I rode.
As already mentioned, we crossed the provoking stream five or six times before daylight and left it, having passed the mountains.
In the course of five or six hours Cove Creek had run down considerably; still it was up to the bellies of our horses, and being so cold was anything but inviting to the infantry.
been a curse to our arms.
The reorganization of the Army of the Frontier, which I have already mentioned as probable, is to take place immediately.
General F. J. Herron is to command the second and third divisions, Colonel William Weir, Tenth Kansas infantry, the first division, and Colonel William A. Phillips, Third Indian regiment, the Indian division, consisting of all the Indian troops, one battalion of the Sixth Kansas cavalry, and Captain Hopkin's battery formerly attached to Colonel Cloud's brigade.
With this force I-understand that Colonel Phillips will take up a position near Maysville, Benton county, Arkansas, a little town right on the line of the Cherokee Nation.
I have been assigned to duty as Commissary Sergeant of this battalion of the Sixth Kansas cavalry, and directed to report to Captain John W. Orahood, the senior officer.
Lieutenant John S. Lane, the Regimental Commissary, accompanies the other battalion, together with the other field and staff officers o
shown sound judgment in the general management of his division, but also in the selection of officers for his staff as confidential advisers, and also other officers of special fitness for special duties.
Probably few officers could be found who would make a better Assistant Adjutant General than Captain William Gallaher, or a better Judge Advocate than Captain Joel Moody.
Of Captain Gallaher I can speak from personal knowledge, as I have known him since I entered the service.
Colonel William F. Cloud, Second Kansas cavalry, who is now in command of the District of Southwest Missouri, with head quarters at Springfield, was at Neosha yesterday, 20th instant, with a detachment of the 7th Missouri State Militia and one company of his own regiment, having been on a scout of several days in search of Livingston's band.
If the remainder of General Blunt's division, which separated from us at Elm Springs, is occupying the country around Springfield, it would seem Colonel Phillips' divi
Springfield there are probably between three and four thousand effective troops.
The Missouri State troops are well armed, mounted and equipped, and should be, and I believe are, effective troops in the service of the State.
They could, no doubt, maintain order in this State and suppress guerrilla warfare, if our volunteer forces Would take more advanced positions and prevent invasion of the State by an organized army of the enemy.
It was reported the day after our arrival, that Colonel Cloud, with a force of two thousand men and a battery of light artillery, was to leave Springfield immediately for this point.
But he has not put in an appearance yet. He has probably marched in some other direction.
There does not seem to be any hope of being able to accompany our troops as far as Fayetteville on our return.
We hear every day of the Militia scouting the country and skirmishing with bushwhackers.
At a distance one might think that they have very little to do. But they
are leads to retaliation and personal grudges
Major Livingston, the guerrilla leader, killed by the Missouri Militia
remarks on the nature of his operations
Colonel Crittenden, commanding the Militia in Southwest Missouri, after the enemy
Colonel Cloud on the march to Fayetteville
General Blunt attacks General Cooper's army at Honey Springs
preparations for the battle
furious charge of the Federal troops
complete rout of the enemy and capture of one piece of artillery, colors and prisonh of his station.
He is regarded as a brave and very efficient officer and the guerrillas will doubtless prefer to keep a safe distance from his troops.
His soldiers are well mounted and armed, and know the country as well as the enemy.
Colonel Cloud, with most of his regiment, the Second Kansas cavalry, and two or three Arkansas regiments, were at Cassville on the 18th instant, and are expected to move south towards Fayetteville and Van Buren in a few days, with the view of co-operating
ight by the beating of the long roll, or the distant .firing of the enemy, driving in our outposts.
No town on the border has been subjected to so much excitement of this kind as this place.
Dispatches received from Fort Smith state that Colonel Cloud's brigade has been ordered back from that section to the southern line of Missouri, in consequence of the threatened invasion by a portion of General Price's army, recently driven from Little Rock by our troops under Generals Steele and Davidson. Colonel Bowen, commanding the Second Brigade, stationed at Webber's Falls above Fort Smith, has probably marched to the latter place by this time, to relieve Colonel Cloud.
Unless Generals Steele and Davidson continue the pursuit of Price's army from Little Rock, it will likely either march to Fort Smith, and attack our forces there, or turn north and invade Missouri.
From such information as I can obtain, it looks as if the cavalry divisions of Marmaduke and Shelby were preparing for a
A retrospect of the recent military operations in Missouri shows that the enemy have lost more by the invasion than they gained.
The supply train started on the 28th instant for Fort Smith; General Blunt accompanies it. The escort is composed of the Second Kansas colored infantry, two companies of the Fourteenth Kansas cavalry, Captain Smith's battery of light artillery of four rifled guns, one battalion of the Twelfth Kansas infantry, and General Blunt's escort.
General McNeil and Colonel Cloud left Springfield about three days ago, for Fort Smith, and will not likely leave undisturbed any considerable force of the enemy that might be in northwestern Arkansas.
On account of the rain and snow-storm which has prevailed in this section for several days past, the roads are heavy, and the progress of the train will be slower than usual.
And the infantry, too, will find it disagreeable marching.
A few days' march, however, will bring them into a region where the roads are firmer.