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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) 34 8 Browse Search
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my gained the positions they desired. General Lyon attacked us on our left, and General Sigel on our right and rear. From these points batteries opened upon us. My command was soon ready. The Missourians, under Generals Slack, Clark, McBride, Parsons and Rains, were nearest the position taken by General Lyon with his main force. They were instantly turned to the left and opened the battle with an incessant fire of small arms. Woodruff opposed his battery to that of Captain Totten, and a co to the officers of the regiment for their efforts to the same effect, for at this part of the field was supposed would be the main fight, and on my return to this part of the field, finding the artillery withdrawn from the height, I ordered General Parsons' battery to take position formerly occupied by Captain Reid's battery, and an advance movement of half a mile to the east by the Fourth and Third companies of the Fifth, supported by Captain Carroll's company of cavalry, to give the enemy b
al Price, having failed to induce General McCulloch, commanding the Arkansas troops, to unite with him, made a forward movement toward the Missouri river with his Missouri command, directing his march against Lexington, via Warrensburg. There he was joined by Thomas A. Harris, whom he had appointed brigadier-general in the State Guard. General Harris, upon his little staff of three men, had recruited a force of 2,700. Price besieged Lexington with the forces under Generals Harris, Steele, Parsons, Rains, McBride, Slack, Congreve, Jackson and Atchison, and on September 20, 1861, after 54 hours incessant attack, he was successful, capturing 3,500 prisoners, 3,000 stands of arms, 5 pieces of artillery and 2 mortars, 750 horses and $100,000 worth of commissary stores, besides $900,000 in money, which had been taken from the Bank of Lexington by the besieged (and was now restored at once), together with Colonels Mulligan, Marshall, Van Horn, Peabody, Gowen, White and 118 commissioned off
ion not more than half that number) is at Batesville and Jacksonport, moving to this place and valley of Arkansas river. He said he was holding four companies of Parsons' Texas cavalry, and thought with the Texas troops and such others as I could raise in the State, I could hold the enemy in check until you could whip the Federalsricts, assigning Hindman to the district of Arkansas, including Arkansas, Missouri, and the Indian country west. On July 13th, General Bragg had relieved Gen. Monroe Parsons and the men under him, at Tupelo, Miss., from further service east of the Mississippi, and ordered them to report to General Hindman. General Price was tranlkhorn to report to General Rains. Grinsted's Arkansas infantry and the infantry of General McBride's command were to move to Yellville and report to Brig.-Gen. M. M. Parsons. Col. R. G. Shaver was relieved of the command of Shaver's brigade, Roane's division, and ordered to his regiment at Pocahontas. Brig.-Gen. J. S. Roa
in charge of an infantry brigade. Lieut.-Col. J. C. Monroe became colonel; Maj. Andrew Johnson, lieutenant-colonel; Capt. P. A. Wheat, of Devall's Bluff, major. Carroll's Arkansas cavalry was ordered to Huntsville to cover the movement of Gen. M. M. Parsons, who was marching to join Hindman. On the 26th of October, General Hindman moved forward, intending to take position at McGuire's store, on the Fayetteville road, then held by Marmaduke, commanding a cavalry division. A large force of t. A. S. Morgan; Thirtieth Arkansas, Col. A. J. McNeill; Thirtysec-ond Arkansas, Col. C. H. Matlock; West's and Woodruff's Arkansas batteries. Unattached, Cheek's battalion of sharpshooters; Venable's Arkansas cavalry. Third division, Brig.-Gen. M. M. Parsons: First brigade, Col. Alex. A. Steen (killed at Prairie Grove)— Missouri regiments of Colonels Caldwell, Hunter, White and Steen; Tilden's Missouri battery. Second brigade, Col. R. G. Shaver—Col. C. W. Adams' Arkansas regiment; Twenty-sev<
e Rock, 1 officer, 52 men. Total, 1,407 officers, 17,771 men; aggregate present, 22,249; aggregate present and absent, 34,431. Price's division at that date embraced the Arkansas brigades of Fagan, McRae and Tappan (formerly Shaver's), and M. M. Parsons' Missouri brigade. Steele's division included the brigades of Cooper and Cabell. Marmaduke's division at that time was composed of the brigades of Carter, Burbridge, Shelby and Greene, but on June 2d was limited to his own brigade and Shelb From Maj. Thomas L. Snead, Price's adjutant-general: Parsons and McRae have encountered greater difficulties in passing their trains over Big creek bottom than were anticipated, and they will hardly get beyond this point to-morrow. From Gen. M. M. Parsons to Major Snead, July 1st: I finished crossing this evening at 5:30; worked the men in the water to their waists last night until 10; again this morning from daylight. Men much worried; mules more so—they are without forage; not a grain to
ouri divisions, commanded, respectively, by Generals Churchill and Parsons. The operations of the army remained under the chief command of Ge from the resolute defenders of this narrow gateway to the river, Parsons' Missouri brigade advanced, and forming on the left of Gano's Arkasiter and Ponder, of Gause's brigade; Lieut.-Col. Simon Harris, of Parsons' brigade; Generals Scurry and Randal, of Walker's division; and Cochill reported total loss of division, 64 killed and 270 wounded.) Parsons' division: Clark's brigade, 18 killed, 73 wounded; Burns' brigade,s staff. After the battle, the infantry divisions of Churchill, Parsons and Walker were marched by the most direct route to Louisiana, witated such a movement, and Churchill's, Polignac's, Forney's and M. M. Parsons' divisions were assembled in the vicinity of Camden. Parsons' Missouri. The President did not approve the promotion of Brig.-Gen. M. M. Parsons, and he was ordered to resume command of his original brig
Bethel, Ark., surgeon Eighteenth Texas cavalry. Gabriel H. Fort, Lewisville, Ark., surgeon Hawthorn's Arkansas infantry. Thomas W. Mathews, Fort Smith, Ark., surgeon Parsons' Texas cavalry. Junius Terry, Lexington, Mo., assistant surgeon Roberts' Missouri battery. Francis D. Cook, Denton, Tex., assistant surgeon Darnell's Texas consboro, Ark., surgeon Brooks' Arkansas infantry. John R. Lowther, Clarksville, Ark., assistant surgeon hospital at Clarksville. C. Dorsey Bain, Dover, Ark., surgeon Parsons' Missouri infantry (died in service). James A. Purdom, Washington, Ark., surgeon Monroe's Arkansas cavalry. John I. Grinsted, Keattsville, Mo., surgeon W. P. Mo., surgeon Priest's Missouri infantry. Robert T. Bell, Indian Creek, Mo., assistant surgeon Graham's Missouri artillery. Akin M. Sublett, LaGrange, Mo., surgeon-general Parsons' staff. Francis D. Hallonquist, Gilmer, Tex., assistant surgeon, Texas command. David W. Fentress, Prairie Lea, Tex., assistant surgeon Morgan's Texas sq
ryville, his gallant regiment sustained its former reputation. On November 5, 1862, Colonel Tappan was commissioned brigadier-general and sent to the Trans-Mississippi. He commanded a brigade through 1863 in the army under Gen. Sterling Price operating in Arkansas. In the spring of 1864 occurred the famous Red river expedition, so disastrous to the Union army. The evening of the day on which Taylor gained the brilliant victory at Mansfield, Churchill with his infantry, under Tappan and Parsons, joined him and took part in the fierce battle of Pleasant Hill, a conflict in which each army was considerably shaken, but which was followed by the retreat of Banks. Upon the retreat of Banks, Churchill's division was withdrawn from Taylor and sent to unite with Price in an attack upon Steele, and Tappan's brigade after a long march participated in the battle of Jenkins' Ferry. The Missouri expedition of General Price was the last great movement in the Trans-Mississippi, and in this Tap