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Col. John M. Harrell, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 10.2, Arkansas (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 6 0 Browse Search
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he captured wagons, trains, and some prisoners. Detachments of Federal cavalry now penetrated at will into the region adjacent to Batesville, and into the counties bordering on Missouri, burning homes, carrying off slaves, destroying farming utensils, and leading old men and boys into captivity, or murdering them. Tories formed a Federal Arkansas regiment at Batesville, and a brigade in Madison, Carroll and Newton counties, and induced some leading citizens, former State officials, Lafayette Gregg and others, and a member of the secession convention (Isaac Murphy), to join their standard. Their influence was rapidly growing in the hill lands, extending southward and west of Little Rock. Colonel Jeffers, May 16th, met the enemy at Chalk Bluff, on White river, and resisted the crossing, causing the Federals considerable loss. May 17th, a detachment of Federal Missouri cavalry, guided by a supposed tory named Van Metre, of White county, were foraging on Little Red river when th
ed to Hood's Texas brigade, commanded by General Robertson, and was recruited by consolidating with it Bronaugh's battalion of five Arkansas companies. It was not engaged at the battle of Chancellorsville, as it was with Longstreet at that time at Suffolk. It participated in the battle of Gettysburg, in Longstreet's corps, and fought at Chickamauga, September 19 and 20, 1863, where the gallant Major Reedy was mortally wounded. From there it went with Longstreet to Knoxville, and under General Gregg, of Texas, was in the battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864; marching at double-quick several miles that morning to save the Confederate line. In the engagement that day, its colonel, Manning, was shot through the thigh, and being captured was detained a prisoner of war until three months after the surrender of Lee. Judge Joe Alexander, as a private, lost an arm in that battle. The regiment, which was one of the largest in the army by the accession of Bronaugh's battalion, having on i
assed the night in the front of the Federal forces, but much closer to the enemy, in fact near the center of the Federal line which was broken by Longstreet on the 20th, and not far from the Chattanooga road (north from Lee and Gordon's mill), for the possession of which the battle was fought. Johnson's division was assigned to the command of Lieut.-Gen. James Longstreet, who had just arrived with part of his corps from Virginia to reinforce Bragg. About noon McNair was ordered to support Gregg, who had become involved in the fight in which Govan participated. The Twenty-fifth Arkansas, Lieutenant-Colonel Hufstedler, and the Thirty-ninth North Carolina, made an impetuous charge, and drove the enemy three-fourths of a mile across the Chattanooga road. In the last charge the gallant Hufstedler fell, with five wounds. The First and Second rifles, Colonels Harper and Williamson, and the Fourth, Thirty-first and Fourth battalion (consolidated), Major Ross, charged soon afterward and