the last three months of 1862
the battles of Newtonia and Maysville mentioned
the charge led by Capt. S. J. Crawford, Second Kansas cavalry, and capture of Gen. Cooper's artillery
the battle of Cane Hill
brave charge of Col. Lewis R. Jewell, Sixth Kansas cavalry
his mortal wound and death
remarks on his character
aftin every engagement.
At the battle of Maysville or Old Port Wayne, Cherokee Nation, on the 20th of October, we gained a substantial victory by capturing from General Cooper four pieces of light artillery, brass twelve pounders.
The Second and Sixth regiments Kansas cavalry led in the charge which resulted in the capture of theseely routed in less than half an hour after the engagement commenced, and besides his artillery, a considerable number of small arms, which were thrown down by General Cooper's troops in their flight, fell into our hands.
Passing over minor engagements and skirmishes, we come next to the battles of Cane Hill and Prairie Grove.
to have a camp of instruction here again.
We were encamped near here upwards of a week last October, after the battle of Old Fort Wayne, in which we captured General Cooper's artillery.
It looks now as if our chief occupation, for a while at least, is going to be that of fighting and chasing bushwhackers.
Captain Anderson, ost division was encamped in this vicinity last fall, we consumed nearly all the forage that could be found for miles around.
A large force of the enemy under General Cooper, had also been foraging off this section before our arrival.
And as this is not much of an agricultural region, it will be seen that there is just cause for ries near camp,for the purpose of spending a few hours in artillery practice.
This is the battery that I have already referred to as the one we captured from General Cooper's command at Old Fort Wayne, three miles west of our present camp, the 21st of last October.
The guns are in excellent condition, and though most of the arti
in organizing their demoralized forces for the spring and summer campaigns.
They say that General Cooper will have command of the rebel forces in the Indian Territory, and that General Cabell will t commander, for such punishment as he may deem proper.
He claims to have been sent here by General Cooper, who is now encamped near Webber's Falls, for the purpose of getting information in regard ticinity of Cane Hill a few days ago, with upwards of a thousand cavalry; and the force under General Cooper near us on the opposite side of the Arkansas River, in the vicinity of Webber's Falls, looksired but few rounds when they fled in disorder towards Fort Smith and North Fork town, where General Cooper's main force is encamped and organizing.
We did not pursue them a great distance, as our ance to Webber's Falls, two rebel officers came into our camp here, under a flag of truce from General Cooper, in regard to exchanging prisoners.
They were detained until our return.. We perhaps hold a
heights south of the Arkansas River in sight of Fort Gibson
picket firing across the River all day long
strength of General Cooper's force
he is preparing to capture Colonel Phillips' supply train
name of post of Fort Gibson changed to Fort Bluntour carbines, will not likely very often venture inside of this range.
If they do they are sure to be brought down.
General Cooper seems to have command of all the rebel troops operating against us, and they are reported to be composed mainly of Tethe direction of the Creek Agency, on south side of the Arkansas, captured about sixty head o/f horses and mules from General Cooper's command.
This bold movement of our troops on the south side of the river,will probably prevent the enemy from send near Webber's Falls and made a night's march.
With General Cabell's division operating along the Arkansas line, and General Cooper's force directly in our front within four or five miles of us, it is impossible for Colonel Phillips, with the force
They did, however, capture and plunder one sutler's wagon.
The teamster for the sutler seems to have got frightened and left his team, which became separated from the train and wandered about on the prairie.
We received information through our scouts, that the enemy had another strong force above us on Grand River, which failed to co-operate with the force that engaged us in the morning.
So far as we can find out, demonstration at the Rapid Ford, Sunday evening, in front of General Cooper's camp, caused him to change his plans in regard to the point where he had intended to attack our train.
The force which fought us in the morning, either returned to defend and save their camp after starting out, or remained in camp longer than they had intended on account of our threatening attitude in that direction Sunday evening, thus preventing them from carrying out the pre-arranged plan of forming a junction with the force north of us at a certain point and at a certain hour Mond
en in the army
they have no Alcestis to die for them
General Cooper's army moves back twenty miles, perhaps to find bettere 9th some sort of an agreement was arrived at between General Cooper and Colonel Phillips, by which the pickets of the two nformation was received at this post on the 10th, that General Cooper's command on the south side of the Arkansas river has nts soon, he would no doubt cross the river and attack General Cooper in his camp.
If successful, this would be better thanlikely to occur.
It is barely possible, however, that Generals Cooper and Cabell have contemplated joining forces to reduce h.
Should General Cabell undertake to co-operate with General Cooper, Colonel Phillips will have his hands full.
This moveGrand River, and thus easily co-operate with any force General Cooper might send to the west of us. Instead of making a demohwart the movement, or he may cross the river and join General Cooper's force on the west side.
They, no doubt, think that
s crossed Cabin Creek under fire
General Cabell unable to join General Cooper's division on account of high water
arrival of supply train atthe vicinity of Baxter Springs, it is thought sends couriers to General Cooper every three or four days, and that they must either travel at nts intimate that this force has marched out to join the cavalry General Cooper sent out a few days ago to attack our train.
That their pickete states that just before he left the enemy on the 28th ultimo, General Cooper had sent out another division of cavalry to join the force thatnding officer of the expedition has sent any dispatches back to General Cooper at Elk Creek, it is not likely that they show anything definitef Grand River, the day before, and was unable to cross and join General Cooper's divisions on account of high water.
It is likely that Generare the rebel troops with whom we had to contend.
We heard that General Cooper's assistant adjutant general, did mole than any other officers
igning in warm climate
Colonel Phillips will be able to cross the Arkansas River and attack General Cooper
large quantities of hay should be put up at Fort Gibson
salt works at Grand Saline
familit at Cabin Creek
examination of the battle-field
active operations to be commenced against General Cooper immediately
the train and escort pass the section of Livingston's operations
arrival at Foe garrison, or building new fortifications.
It is General Blunt's intention to move against General Cooper immediately on his arrival at Gibson.
Those who know General Blunt, do not doubt his fightiat the enemy will be obliged to fight very shortly, or retreat from their camp on Elk Creek. General Cooper would not likely be able to hold his present position undisturbed many days longer, even if reek, twenty miles further north, with the train, returns, to cross the Arkansas, and attack General Cooper in his camp.
Those who have been with Colonel Phillips will believe that he should have con
ud on the march to Fayetteville
General Blunt attacks General Cooper's army at Honey Springs
preparations for the battle
Before the recent battle at Cabin Creek, General Cooper's troops seemed to be — as well informed of the movemeunt, stating that he attacked and routed the forces of General Cooper at Honey Springs, on Elk Creek, twenty-five miles souting to information he had received through his scouts, General Cooper was encamped with six thousand men, Texans and Indianshousand men and some artillery, was on his way to join General Cooper, that Generals Cooper and Cabell were making preparatiGenerals Cooper and Cabell were making preparations for a combined attack on Fort Blunt in a few days.
General Blunt was therefore determined to hasten forward and attack GGeneral Cooper before General Cabell could form a junction with him. He made a night's march from the South bank of the Arkan the battle of Honey spring, as that was the name.
of General Cooper's camp on Elk Creek.
The First Kansas colored infantr
did not take a hand in this great struggle for justice and right.
The large commissary train is now nearly ready to start for Fort Blunt.
It is encamped on Dry Wood Creek, twelve miles south of here.
The escort will be under command of Colonel Thomas Bowen, of the 13th Kansas infantry, and will, perhaps, be in readiness to march by August 2d.
It is not known yet whether the enemy will make another effort to capture it or not. The latest information from Fort Gibson indicates that General Cooper has been reinforced by General Steele, from Texas, with three or four thousand men and some artillery.
Unless General Blunt receives reinforcements soon, the enemy may assume the offensive and attack him, or send a force north of him to attack the train.
It is likely, however, that the escort will be strengthened by troops from Fort Blunt by the time it reaches the Neosho River.
The Fourteenth Kansas cavalry is being recruited very rapidly, and in a few weeks will be ready to elec