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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Missouri campaign of 1864-report of General Stirling Price. (search)
rtions took place among the Arkansas troops and recruits. No enemy having appeared, the morale of the troops had much improved. On the 28th I marched towards Newtonia--Generals Fagan and Marmaduke's divisions, the latter now commanded by General Clark, in the rear, and General Shelby's in the advance. On approaching Newtonia Newtonia our advance was discovered by the Federal garrison, who commenced to retreat. On seeing this Shelby's advance attempted to intercept them — the distance they had gained was too great for this to be effected. They succeeded, however, in killing the Federal Captain Christian, a notorious bushwhacker, noted for his deeds of violence and blood. After passing over the prairie four miles beyond Newtonia, General Shelby encamped in a skirt of timber; the other divisions passed beyond and encamped in the positions they were to take in the march of the following day. Ere long our scouts brought information that the enemy was crossing the prairie in pursuit of