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was selected. Shelby was at Miller's Bluff, and Fagan joined him there and crossed the river. He knew at that time nothing of Steele's foraging train, but when he reached Marks' Mill he learned of it, and that the next day it would cross the Saline river and probably be beyond his reach. It was, therefore, decided that Cabell and Dockery should attack in rear the next morning and hold it, while Shelby, with Crawford's regiment of Arkansas cavalry, made a detour of ten miles to attack it in fighting at times between his advance and Steele's rear guard. About noon it began to rain heavily, and in a little while the arms, accouterments and clothing of the men were drenched, and the roads became almost impassable. Just before night Saline river was reached and the enemy disappeared in the gloom of its heavily wooded bottom. The cavalry felt of their lines and finding that they were too strong and firm to be successfully attacked, withdrew to the bluff, a mile and a half in the rear,
es to North Arkansas Rids the country of the robber bands Captures a gunboat an engagement with Carr capture of an Illinois regiment fights at Big Cypress Price Crosses the Arkansas at Dardanelle. After the battle of Jenkins' Ferry on Saline river, General Price encamped the infantry of his district around Camden; detached Shelby's brigade from Marmaduke's division and ordered it to operate around Arkadelphia and watch Steele at Little Rock, and sent Marmaduke with Greene's brigade to Chicot county—the extreme southeastern county of the State—to interfere with the navigation of the Mississippi river and prevent the transportation of men and supplies over it. At Saline river Marmaduke received the order of General Smith announcing his promotion to the rank of major-general, which entitled him of right to the command of a division; but, strangely enough, one of his brigades was taken from him and he was left with a single brigade. The service in Chicot county was the lightest
tory, with his division—Gano's Texas brigade and Col. Tandy Walker's Indian brigade. If a column of the enemy had moved southwesterly from Little Rock and marched about 30 miles a day, it could have camped the first night near Benton on the Saline river; the second at Rockport on the Ouachita; thence following down that river on either bank, the third night at Arkadelphia on the same stream; the fourth at Okolona, near the junction of the Little Missouri and Antoine creek; the fifth near Washachita to Camden, or it might keep on to the four-days' camp at Okolona, and turn there southeast and go to Camden. If from Camden it should turn back to Little Rock, 90 miles by the shortest route, it would pass through Princeton, having the Saline river to cross again, a day's march northeast of that place, at Jenkins' ferry. It will be instructive to follow the successive movements by which the well-equipped army of General Steele was impeded, surrounded, turned and put to flight by a few
d participated in the fight, but were forced back and retreated to Camden. This engagement took place in a forest of pines not far from the west bank of the Saline river, in a spot usually lonely and undisturbed by any sound ruder than the winds in the treetops, when its calm was disturbed and its silence broken by the jar of apirit. There were a few new wagons and ambulances in the train, and several pieces of additional artillery, as fruits of their achievement. They moved up the Saline river and loitered there in different camps for several days. The commanding officer seemed to be in a state of uncertainty, his force having been diminished by th force near 1,500 men. It was night before I got the train and prisoners on the way. We bivouacked on the battlefield, and early the next morning moved up the Saline river on hearing that a Federal train was then en route from Princeton to Little Rock. I continued for several days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) attempting a c
er was one of the contractors to build the State house at Little Rock, soon after the admission of the State, and died there. His mother, Catherine A. Fagan, married Samuel Adams, former treasurer of State, in December, 1842. As president of the senate, Mr. Adams succeeded to the governorship in 1844, upon the resignation of Governor Yell, who became a volunteer colonel and fell in the war with Mexico. On the death of his stepfather, Fagan took charge of the farm and family home on the Saline river. Though a whig, he repeatedly represented the Democratic county of Saline in the general assembly of the State. He served through the war with Mexico in Yell's regiment, returning home a lieutenant, and was among the first to raise a company at the beginning of the Confederate war, being chosen captain of his company, and on regimental organization elected colonel of the First Arkansas Confederate infantry. His subsequent achievements gave him high rank and an honorable name in that ev
Capt. Calvin D. Cowles , 23d U. S. Infantry, Major George B. Davis , U. S. Army, Leslie J. Perry, Joseph W. Kirkley, The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War, Index. (search)
. 117, 1; 135-A; 152, G1; 161, G13 Salem, Tenn. 24, 3; 30, 2; 31, 1, 31, 2; 118, 1; 149, A7, 149, C8 Salem, Va. 22, 5; 23, 2; 27, 1; 74, 1; 81, 6; 83, 8; 100, 1; 117, 1; 118, 1, 135-A; 135-C, 1; 137, A6; 141, F14 Skirmishes, June 21, 1864 83, 8 Salem Church, Va.: Battle of, May 3, 1863 41, 1 Salina, Kans. 119, 1; 161, C2 Saline, Indian Territory 119, 1; 160, E8 Saline Bayou, La. 52, 1; 155, C1, 155, D2, 155, F4, 155, G4; 158, E14 Saline River, Ark. 47, 1; 135-A; 154, C2, 135-A; 154, E3 Salineville, Ohio. 94, 4; 140, A9 Salisbury, N. C. 76, 2; 117, 1; 118, 1; 135-A; 142, E13; 171 Salkehatchie River, S. C. 76, 2; 80, 3 Salt Lake, Utah Ter. 120, 1 Salt Lick, W. Va. 140, G12 Salt Pond Mountain, Va. 141, F12 Salt River, Mo. 152, A6, 152, B4, 152, C5 Salt Springs, Ga. 57, 1; 58, 2; 60, 1 Saltville, Va. 118, 1; 135-A; 141, H9; 142, A9 Salt Works, Ky. 118, 1; 141, C5
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 11. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Nathan Hale of ArkansasDavid O. Dodd. (search)
. While he knew it would be hazardous for him to venture so near the Union lines in person, he thought that there could be no risk in sending his son, who had not reached military age. Of course David could not pass the Confederate pickets on Saline river without a pass from Confederate headquarters. General James F. Fagan was at that time in command of the Confederate cavalry, with headquarters in Camden, on the Ouachita, some ninety miles south of Little Rock. General Fagan's home was in Sathe country. He was told to apply at the provost-marshal's office. He did so, and unhesitatingly and almost without question was granted a pass. He left the city on the military road, leading in a southwesterly direction, intending to cross Saline river just west of the village of Benton, the county seat of Saline county, twenty-six miles from Little Rock. Within a mile after leaving the city, he had to pass the infantry pickets, who examined his pass and permitted him to proceed. He knew t
. Peter's Church, Va.: church in which Washington was married, IX., 228. St. Philip, Fort, La. (see also Fort St. Philip, La.): I., 226, 227, 228, 230, 234. St. Pierre, Martinique, VI., 293. St. Thomas' Church, New York City, X., 15. Salamis, I., 30. Salem, Ark., I., 358. Salem, Mo., I., 354. Salem, Va., III., 321. Salem, Chapel, Va. , V fight at, IX., 193. Salem Church, Va.: III., 322; X., 138. Salem Heights. Va. II., 334. Saline River, Ark., II., 352. Salisbury. N. C.: VI, 40, 88, 92, 114, 126, 142, 14. Salisbury, Tenn., II., 346. Salkahatchie, S. C., III., 32. Salm-Salm, Prince Felix: I., 311; V., 212. Salomon, F., X., 309. Saltpeter: reserve supply of, V., 144. Saltville, Va., III., 332, 340. Sam, horse of Gen'l Sherman, IV., 36. Samaria Church, Va., III., 324. Sambo's right to be Kilt, C. G. Halpine, IX., 173, 176. Samuel Orr,, U. S. S., VI., 310. S
uregard and Hood are both with the rebel army. Hood, in a general order, assures his men that Sherman's whole army does not exceed thirty-five thousand men. The Louisville Journal has a rumor that Sherman has evacuated Atlanta. Heavy movement of Confederates into Arkansas--murder of Confederate soldiers. A telegram from St., Louis, of the 30th, says that Little Rock advices, of the 20th, say that, on the 18th, fifteen thousand to twenty thousand rebels were crossing the Saline river northward, just below Boston, twenty-five miles south of Little Rock. It adds: The next morning, reconnoitering parties were sent out, when part of them were seen moving south and part of them going west. There is some appearance of an attack on Little Rock; but whether the rebel movement is designed to co-operate with Price, or fall upon Steels, should be weaken his force by sending troops to intercept Price, and endeavor to take the lower line of the Arkansas river, is not know
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