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s-covered prairies and plains of Kansas, and from the deep green of spring to the rich and variegated tints of autumn, and the snow-covered ground of winter. It is proper that I should express my indebtedness to Captain William Gallaher, Colonel Phillips' Assistant Adjutant-General, for many kindnesses and courtesies in connection with the writing of my Memoirs while we were attached to the Indian division. And during the latter part of the year I received from General C. W. Blair, the commrmitted to regard him as my friend. I have never met any one who came nearer my ideal of the perfectly accomplished gentleman than General Blair. It will perhaps be thought by some that I have given undue prominence to the operations of Colonel Phillips' division. But I think that any one who will follow the operations of this division, will agree with me that I have not magnified its achievements or overestimated the merits of its commander. Considering the number and kind of troops with
volume, so that the infantry were much less inconvenienced in crossing and re-crossing it than when we came out on the 27th. They were nearly three days on the march to Rhea's Mills. Most of the cavalry, however, got in on the evening of the 30th. Thus ended the expedition to Van Buren, and in fact the campaign of the Army of the Frontier in northwestern Arkansas. An expedition of nearly two thousand men, mostly Indians, and a section of light artillery, were sent out under Col. W. A. Phillips, about the time we left Rhea's Mills, in the direction of Fort Gibson. After a short engagement, Col. Phillips captured and destroyed Fort Davis near Fort Gibson, on which the Confederate Government expended upwards of a million dollars. In point of importance, the success of his expedition deserves to be set down among the splendid achievements of the campaign. Old Year! I bid you adieu. When some future historian writes of the great events which have turned the eyes of the c
the Frontier future operations to be conducted according to west point tactics the army to retreat to the Missouri line reorganization of the army Colonel W. A. Phillips to command the Indian division a battalion of the Sixth Kansas cavalry and Captain Hopkin's battery to go with it Grand Review of the army of the Fronce immediately. General F. J. Herron is to command the second and third divisions, Colonel William Weir, Tenth Kansas infantry, the first division, and Colonel William A. Phillips, Third Indian regiment, the Indian division, consisting of all the Indian troops, one battalion of the Sixth Kansas cavalry, and Captain Hopkin's battery formerly attached to Colonel Cloud's brigade. With this force I-understand that Colonel Phillips will take up a position near Maysville, Benton county, Arkansas, a little town right on the line of the Cherokee Nation. I have been assigned to duty as Commissary Sergeant of this battalion of the Sixth Kansas cavalry, and directe
Chapter 4: Colonel W. A. Phillips assumes command of the Indian division the author to go with it the division marches to Maysville on the western line of Arkansas a skirmish with guerrillas a snow storm and difficulty in getting forage Colonel Phillips, not only a military commander but also a governor of several Indian tribes his position requires great executive ability skirmishes with guerrillas becoming frequent bushwhackers living in a cave remarks on how caves are fout that-our new field of operations will not be destitute of interest or barren of results worth setting down. If it should be, however, it will be easy enough to stop writing, or expunge that which is worthless. But our new Commander, Colonel W. A. Phillips, I know is an able and an accomplished officer, and it is not likely that he will allow us to languish in inglorious inactivity. No officer of the first division has impressed me more favorably. The first time that I ever saw him was at
r, that if some of their friends should be taken to the Small pox Hospital, they would display much affection for them for a month or so. Though the white soldiers of Captain Hopkins' battery and the battalion. of the Sixth Kansas Cavalry camp near together, yet there can be very little isolation, as by guard and other duties white and Indian soldiers are daily thrown together. If the disease shows a tendency to spread, and to assume a serious form with a high percentage of mortality, Colonel Phillips will not probably permit the air of our camp to become much infected with its germs, before moving to another locality. This is surely a strange enemy to attack our army. Silently as Apollo's arrows it comes to those who are not armed against it, and the chances are somewhat less than one in ten of its taking off its victim. We are thus reminded that we should not only guard against attacks from the visible foe whom we seek, but that we should also guard against attacks from the
urth and Fifth Indian regiments report to Colonel Phillips no such regiments exist criticisms conce content to be guided by the judgment of Colonel Phillips. As soon as transportation can be had toefore in the vicinity of Cane Hill. Colonel Phillips immediately sent out a detachment of cavalry en route to Fort Scott. It appears that Colonel Phillips has information leading him to believe tho their allegiance to the Government. Colonel Phillips, with a detachment of one hundred cavalryh and Fifth Indian regiments, reported to Colonel Phillips for duty. As the Fourth and Fifth Indianere knows, it is difficult to see what duty Colonel Phillips can assign them to. If these gentlemennto the service within a specified time. Colonel Phillips no doubt could make such a report in a fe movements of the enemy south of him than Colonel Phillips has, for many refugee families are consta to the untiring and cautious judgment of Colonel Phillips. The army ration is good, substantial fo[3 more...]
ing scenes Stanawaitie commanding the rebel Indians Colonel Phillips sends out a strong reconnoissance Webber's Falls heains to escape capture and destruction by the enemy. Colonel Phillips has shown a disposition to do everything in his powerping. During the campaign in this section last fall, Colonel Phillips' Indian brigade was often a mile or more from us, but committed unauthorized acts. Much credit is due to Colonel Phillips for the splendid discipline he has maintained withoutthe French, I know they would cry with one voice, viva la Phillips. But their unbounded confidence in him shows their stronto Fort Gibson in a few days; but before setting out, Colonel Phillips has deemed, it expedient to thoroughly reconnoitre th prove the complete demoralization of this division. Colonel Phillips has carefully considered the probable consequences whopportunity of manifesting their locality and devotion to the Government by coming in and surrendering to Colonel Phillips.
Colonel Harrison abandons Fayetteville Colonel Phillips reviews his division. The importance ondian country, and great credit is due to Colonel Phillips for having seized it before the enemy recake ovens, which indicates clearly enough Colonel Phillips' intention of permanently holding this plgh I have not heard what kind of speeches Colonel Phillips makes to them, yet I suppose that he info believe such a course will be adopted by Colonel Phillips. As most of the men in the First and Secne of Kansas. And we feel satisfied that Colonel Phillips will not be unmindful of his duty in thise vicinity of Webber's Falls, looks as if Colonel Phillips will be required to display great firmnesour horses. It was a bold dash, and Colonel Phillips deserves great credit for planning and succes The same day we left for Webber's Falls, Colonel Phillips sent out Lieutenant-Colonel F. W. Schaurtt very actively employed. On May 1st, Colonel Phillips reviewed his troops, on the open grounds [4 more...]
guerillas stopping in a lonely retreat return to Fort Gibson. I have already mentioned Colonel Harrison leaving Fayetteville with his troops and marching to Cassville, Missouri. When the information first reached us, I suspected that Colonel Phillips was not entirely satisfied with the movement. It has been generally understood here that the troops at Fayetteville belonged to Colonel Phillips' districts, and would not be expected to leave that station without his orders. Friday evenColonel Phillips' districts, and would not be expected to leave that station without his orders. Friday evening, May 1st, Captain William Gallaher, Assistant Adjutant General of the division, sent for me, and stated that he had an important service which he wanted me to undertake. He made out an order for my detail, and also for eight men to accompany me, and sent it to — the commanding officer of the battalion Sixth Kansas cavalry. We were directed to report at headquarters at nine o'clock for more definite instructions. Captain Gallagher then stated that he had important dispatches which he want
ooper's force he is preparing to capture Colonel Phillips' supply train name of post of Fort Gibsogagement at Rapid Ford, Sunday afternoon Colonel Phillips intended the movement only as a demonstra train's escort. But they will find that Colonel Phillips is not so easily too be thrown off his gunts sent down here at once, and in having Colonel Phillips made a Brigadier General. After the Colo ford it. It is, I suppose, difficult for Colonel Phillips to determine the nature of their present e instantly sounded, and in a few moments Colonel Phillips had nearly all his force, consisting of co draw our troops into an ambuscade. But Colonel Phillips was not to be deceived, by rushing headloor five miles of us, it is impossible for Colonel Phillips, with the force at his disposal, to guardake the attack, is not definitely known. Colonel Phillips is watching their movements closely and w enemy kept back a few yards from shore. Colonel Phillips presently turned back, and we occupied fo[7 more...]
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