f the army of the Frontier by General Schofield
the author's last visit to his brother in the General hospital at Fayetteville
the reduction of transportation
order from war Department for recruiting several loyal Arkansas regiments
General Marmaduke marching on Springfield
the army of the Frontier on the march, except the Indian division.
Hail, Happy New Year! I welcome you; though I know not what you have in store for us. We have no seer or prophet to unfold to us in doubtful and the 8th, the First division, with the exception of the Indian command, having received orders, struck tents and moved out quite suddenly.
Some of the troops that left last night, are ordered to Springfield, Missouri, on a forced march, as General Marmaduke with a division of cavalry, and several batteries of light artillery, is reported on the way there, having passed through this State three days ago, about seventy-five miles east of us. General E. B. Brown, with a considerable force of Miss
Col. Phillips' orders
Repairing of the mills
the battle at Springfield
Gen. Marmaduke defeated.
In some respects perhaps it would have been more agreeable to me to have remainrom Cross Hollows, near Pea Ridge, with rations for this command, brought information that General Marmaduke, whom we fought at Cane Hill last November, attacked Springfield, Missouri, on the 8th insant defense of the place, and repulsed the enemy after a day of fighting and skirmishing.
General Marmaduke captured two unimportant positions in the southern quarter of the city, but after some shanot made sufficient preparations to undertake this with a reasonable prospect of success.
General Marmaduke, finding that General Brown was hourly expecting reinforcements and would soon be able to oubtedly a blunder somewhere, or else our commanding General is not shrewd enough to match General Marmaduke.
It was almost stupidity to allow the enemy to march around us without our knowledge of h
a double sacrifice put upon Missouri loyalists
a picture of desolated homes
guerrilla warfare and Federal losses in the State
the Militia occupying Newtonia and fortifying it
mostly State troops that opposed.
General Marmaduke at the battle of Springfield on the 9th
Flag raising at Neosho
the National Flag scornfully regarded by rebels
guerrillas at Granby
the rich lead mines there, but no longer worked
Author informed of the death of his brother at Fayette ten or twelve thousand men, are not obliged to go out of the State, yet they are kept in active service, and their service is scarcely less arduous than that of the Volunteer Cavalry in the field.
The force under General Brown that fought General Marmaduke at the battle of Springfield, on the 8th instant, as already stated, consisted chiefly of State Militia.
And in the engagement, they stood as firm as veterans until the enemy were driven from the field.
To-day, February 2d, Major Forem
all have been filled to their maximum strength.
There is reason to believe such a course will be adopted by Colonel Phillips.
As most of the men in the First and Second regiments are Creeks and Seminoles, it is likely that; all recruits belonging to either of these nations, would prefer to be assigned to one or the other of these regiments.
Their preferences will no doubt be respected as far as possible.
A party of about a dozen white men who claim to have recently deserted from General Marmaduke's command, came to our pickets this morning, and were brought into camp to day. They represent that the rebel leaders in Arkansas are displaying a good deal of activity 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 be assigned to the command of Western Arkansas, but that they will co-operate with each other as far as practicable.
y occupy their position on the south side much longer.
What a grand idea it would be if our forces, when the half year is up, could make an advance all along our lines, east and west, and overthrow the enemy at every point.
Several Indian women who have just arrived from near the Arkansas line a few miles south of Maysville, state that it was currently reported when they left, that General Brown, commanding the Missouri State troops in southwest Missouri, recently had a fight with General Marmaduke's cavalry and defeated it with considerable loss.
We do not hear much about the movements of our troops southwest of Springfield and around Cassville, but hope that they have not been idle.
We have expected however, that they would have moved forward and re-occupied Fayetteville before this.
Had they done so a month ago, it would have relieved us of the necessity of using so many of the troops of this command is watching the movements of the enemy along the Arkansas line to the eas
roops 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 an immediate invasion of Missouri.
The country north of the Arkansas River, above Little Rock, is open to the northern line of the State, and they would meet with little or no opposition until they passed into Missouri.
But as soon as they enter that State, they are not likely to find much time for rest until they leave it, for the State troops and volunteers stationed at the different points, can soon concentrate in sufficient force to keep them moving.
service in the field.
But they have had sufficient instruction to become acquainted with their duties, and no doubt will make good soldiers.
It appears from dispatches received from Fort Smith that the scattered forces of Generals Cooper, Marmaduke and Shelby are reorganizing, and making preparations to march against that place with about nine thousand men and eighteen pieces of field artillery.
But when we take into account the badly demoralized condition of Cooper's and Shelby's forcesre, and would be handled to the best possible advantage.
We have got a firm footing at Fort Smith, and will be able to hold western Arkansas and the Indian country, unless our officers make some unpardonable blunder.
It is not likely that General Marmaduke will be permitted to occupy the country north of the Arkansas River much longer.
Should he endeavor to confine his operations to the central or eastern portion of the State, north of the river, General Steele, commanding an army at Little
l of a large quantity of cotton from Fort Smith
supposed crookedness in regard to it
guerilla bands in Southwestern Missouri
how the people manage to keep good animals in some instances
temporary suspension in the exchange of prisoners
General Marmaduke, with two thousand men, near the Southern line of Missouri
perhaps the last supply train to Fort Smith
General Ewing orders the seizure of the cotton from Fort Smith
removal of General Schofield probable
Quantrell's forces cafford to weaken their own cause by pride, we surely need not regret it. They are too blind to see that they are fluttering around the lamp of their own destruction.
A dispatch from Springfield, Missouri, of the 6th instant, states that General Marmaduke, with a force of about two thousand men and several pieces of artillery, was, on the 3d instant, encamped on White River in Arkansas, near the southern line of Missouri.
It is believed that he either intends to make a raid on Springfield,