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ited States, and supported by an army estimated at 60,000 men; that the battle began on Saturday, the 10th of January, and early on the morning of the 11th, General Churchill rode down the Confederate line and read to the army a telegram from General Holmes at Pine Bluff, that the army must not surrender, but fight till the last man was dead, dead, dead; that the battle began again Sunday morning, the 11th.
The fort was knocked to pieces and silenced.
All the army, including the general commanve been scored by a loss to the enemy of more than five times our number.
I commanded the Tenth Texas regiment of infantry that was in Deshler's brigade, was with him, heard the conversation, participated in it, and know whereof I speak.
General Holmes, when advised of the expedition against Arkansas Post, had ordered Hindman's army to march at once across the State.
It was at the most inclement season of this climate—snow, sleet and rain made the roads impassable, and overflowed the creek