t the accounts of quartermasters in the department, having well acquitted himself of this duty, was, in March, 1863, commissioned brigadier-general and requested to collect absentees from the service in northwestern Arkansas.
Given Carroll's and Monroe's regiments, he was directed to perfect such organizations as he could, and take command in northwest Arkansas.
He issued his proclamation in accordance with these instructions, and soon organized Hill's battalion into a fine regiment; Gordon'sto round up the prowlers who had too long been suffered to perpetrate their enormities with impunity.
Col. John F. Hill's battalion was practically unarmed, with horses not shod to stand the stony roads, and was left out of the movement.
With Monroe's, Gordon's and Carroll's regiments (the latter commanded by Lieut.-Col. L. L. Thompson), Dorsey's squadron, commanded by Col. John Scott, and Capt. W. M. Hughey's artillery, consisting of two formerly discarded 6-pounders—900 of all arms—General