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Wiley Britton, Memoirs of the Rebellion on the Border 1863. 34 2 Browse Search
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or I remarked several months ago that there were enough Union men in northwestern Arkansas, if organized into regiments and battalions, to contribute largely in holding this section. The First regiment of Arkansas cavalry, commanded by Colonel M. La Rue Harrison, has now nearly completed its organization, and most of the men have received their arms, bright new uniforms and equipments. It is reported that some of the men were conscripts in the rebel army, and no doubt met us on the field at Pr fortifications at Fayetteville. If this intention is carried into effect it will enable the troops there to temporarily repel any force of the enemy likely to be brought against them. But the works about to be constructed would not enable Colonel Harrison to stand a siege of many days, unless he is better provisioned and supplied with water than is probable. Last night (2d), about half past 9 o'clock, an unusually bright meteor shot across the sky from the northeast to the southwest. It
ldiers came near running into the main body of them, so near, indeed, that they captured one of their men who had fallen behind, and brought him a prisoner to our camp, using him most of the time as a guide. This considerable force of the enemy's cavalry, so near our troops, indicates; his intention of displaying greater activity as the season advances. Now that we are getting so far away from Fayetteville, about fifty miles, and as we shall probably have our own hands full very soon, Colonel Harrison will have to depend upon his own resources to hold his station. We are unable to understand why so many of our troops are kept in the vicinity of Springfield, as we have heard of no threatened invasion of Missouri by the enemy directly south or southeast of that place. The State Militia could probably preserve order in that section if our volunteer troops should occupy a more advanced position, and prevent the invasion of the State by the organized forces of the enemy. The refuge
el officers under a Flag of truce reconnaissance of Colonel Schaurte to the Arkansas line Colonel Harrison abandons Fayetteville Colonel Phillips reviews his division. The importance of this posafety of that post. Dispatches have now been received, stating that our troops there under Colonel Harrison had a sharp engagement with the enemy under General Cabell, on the 18th instant, which lastnsas Cavalry, and a section of Hopkins' battery, joined Colonel Schaurte beyond Park Hill. Colonel Harrison, commanding at Fayetteville, was also expected to join Colonel Schaurte near the State lineheir arms still further north and west until they meet with resistance from our forces. Colonel Harrison, instead of joining Colonel Schaurte at the State line, abandoned Fayetteville, and retreat Missouri, a small town on the main road leading to Springfield. It is much regretted that Colonel Harrison did not display a little more nerve, and that he has felt the necessity of abandoning his p
Chapter 12: The author sent with dispatches to Colonel Harrison at Cassville, Missouri the First night's march in a storm of thunder and lightning the ng in a lonely retreat return to Fort Gibson. I have already mentioned Colonel Harrison leaving Fayetteville with his troops and marching to Cassville, Missouri. gher then stated that he had important dispatches which he wanted taken to Colonel Harrison, at Cassville, Missouri,--a distance of about one hundred and fifty miles the 5th we reached Cassville, and delivered the dispatches and packages to Colonel Harrison, commanding the post. From conversations with some of the officers and soliged to remain here perhaps a week to await dispatches from Springfield. Colonel Harrison will probably endeavor to justify his action before the Department Command any forces of the enemy other than bands of guerrillas and bushwhackers. Colonel Harrison, it would seem, is needlessly nervous, and his nervousness may be slightly
we might otherwise do. It is a rather pleasant reflection that the troops with which I have acted for two years, less one month, have never met with a single reverse, though we have repeatedly marched up and down the border from the Missouri River to the Arkansas River, and had numerous contests with the enemy. When we came into this country early in the spring, we did not feel sure that Colonel Phillips would be able to hold it with the force which he then had under him. And when Colonel Harrison, without sufficient cause, withdrew his troops from Fayetteville, and retreated to Cassville, Missouri, we felt sure that the pressure of the enemy would be still greater to force us from this position. We have not only held our position, but we have defeated the enemy in every engagement; even where he had the choosing of time and position in several instances. In fact, the military operations in this Territory under Colonel Phillips, since we came here in the spring, have been as br
was ordered to join General Grant, in the seige of Vicksburg, several months ago, there are not so many of our troops along the southern line of Missouri as there were during the latter part of the winter; but I still think that there have been enough to spare a force sufficient to re-occupy and hold Fayetteville, Arkansas. After the withdrawal of our troops from northwestern Arkansas several months ago, our position at Fort Blunt has been much more difficult to hold than it was before Colonel Harrison left Fayetteville, for, as I have already stated, the enemy have been able to direct all his forces in western Arkansas and the Indian country against the division of Colonel Phillips. Colonel Blair, the Post Commander, has just received a despatch from General Blunt, stating that he attacked and routed the forces of General Cooper at Honey Springs, on Elk Creek, twenty-five miles south of Fort Gibson, last Friday morning, July 17th. A detachment of about twenty men came through f
m A. Phillips, whose heroic action through six months of extraordinary trials, made possible the recent achievements of our arms in the Indian country. A detachment of soldiers which has just come from Southwest Missouri, state that Colonel M. La Rue Harrison, of the First Kansas cavalry, had a fight on the 21st with the rebel forces of Colonels Coffey and Brown, near the mouth of Buffalo Creek, Newton County, Missouri, and killed five of the enemy and wounded several others. This recent action indicates that Colonel Harrison is improving in fighting qualities. His precipitate retreat from Fayetteville last spring, when he was expected to co-operate with Colonel Phillips, was not by any means very creditable to him, and if what has been reported in regard to the matter be true, should have subjected him to censure by court martial. Perhaps he has determined to wipe out that little stain from his record A great battle was fought on the 19th and 20th instant, near Chattanooga, Ten
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., The opposing forces in Arkansas, December 7th, 1862--September 14th, 1863. (search)
ily organized as a cavalry brigade under Col. Dudley Wickersham. Maj. William H. Miller; 20th Wis., Maj. Henry A. Starr; L, 1st Mo. Art'y, Capt. Frank Backof. Brigade loss: k, 51; w, 159; m, 13 = 223. Second Brigade, Col. William W. Orme: 94th 111., Lieut.-Col. John McNulta; 19th Iowa, Lieut.-Col. Samuel McFarland (k), Maj. Daniel Kent; 8th Mo. Cav., Col. Washington F. Geiger; E, 1st Mo. Art'y, Lieut. Joseph Foust. Brigade loss: k, 49; w 185; in, 14=248. Unattached: 1st Ark. Cav., Col. M. La Rue Harrison; 14th Mo. S. M. Cav., Col. John M. Richardson. Unattached loss: k, 4; w, 4; m, 47 = 55. Total Union loss: Killed, 174; wounded, 813; captured or missing, 263 = 1251. General Blunt says ( Official Records, Vol. XXII., Pt. I., p. 76): The entire force . . . engaged did not exceed 7000, about 3000 cavalry not having been brought into action. Confederate: First Corps, Trans-Mississippi army.--Maj.-Gen. Thomas C. Hindman. Fourth (cavalry) division, Brig.-Gen. John S. Marmadu
azarus Johnson, arm, all of Co. F; Sergeant Edward Lowrey, Seamen's battalion, shoulder and arm; Sergeant Shelley Banning, Seamen's battalion, right breast and hip; corporal Andy Hytower, left shoulder; Anderson Riley, left shoulder; private Ed. Curtis, back and mouth, all of Seamen's battalion; corporal Jacob Edwards, Co. E, head and side. After the fight the guerrillas retreated to a point south-east, known as Red Dirk and Pleasant Gap, where they have since been joined by Quantrel and Harrison. Our advent broke up their plans. They evidently had at first a most contemptible idea of the negroes' courage, which their engagement speedily changed. Bill Truman told in Butler on the Friday following the fight, that the black devils fought like tigers, and that the white officers had got them so trained that not one would surrender, though they tried to take a prisoner. --New-York Times. Kansas Journal account. Mound City, Linn County, November 1, 1862. During the past f
Doc. 172.-battle of Fayetteville, Ark. Colonel Harrison's report. Headquarters Post, Fayetteville, Ark., April 19, 1863. Major-General S. R. Curtis, Commanding Department of the Missouri: General: The following report of the battle of yesterday at Fayetteville, is respectfully submitted, in addition to the telegraphim to carry out his instructions. I am, sir, very respectfully, your obd't serv't, W. L. Cabell, Brigadier-General Commanding North-West Arkansas. To Colonel M. La Rue Harrison, Commanding Post of Fayetteville. Headquarters Post, Fayetteville, Ark., April 19, 1863. Brigadier-General W. L. Cabell, Commanding. General: In reptheir mossy graves; Immortal be their name; Above, their banner proudly waves, While heaven records their fame. A just cause is ours. The Stars and Stripes float gallantly over us. God is on our side. Who can be against us? By order of Colonel M. La Rue Harrison, Commanding Post. James Roseman, Lieutenant and Post Adjutant.
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