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hed into his camp, before any one was aware of their being nearer than ten miles of us. The regiment was formed as rapidly as possible, and during the remainder of the battle did signal service. I wish to speak more particularly of the "Third Regiment Arkansas Volunteers." The regiment was not complete, there being but eight companies, and only 600 men — men in heart and courage, but boys in years, as the majority of the regiment are under twenty-one years of age.--They were defending Woodruff's battery in the morning; but on seeing the enemy making an attempt to concentrate his forces on the west, which position would give him greatly the advantage, the 3d Regiment was called upon to drive him from and occupy this ground, for it was evident that in that direction was to be the hardest fighting. The boys started off in "double-quick" down the hill and across the creek. At the crossing they were met by Gen. Pearce, who cheered them on, saying as they passed, "They are on the hil