dint of much persuasion, obtained permission of General Holmes to cross the mountains and fight Herron, or Herron and Blunt if they succeeded in uniting their forces; but with the condition that win or lose, he should immediately recross the mountains and march to the succor of Little Rock, which was not threatened from any direction.
Marmaduke's cavalry was at Dripping Springs, in a position to take part in any movement Hindman might make.
Hindman had 9,500 men of all arms.
He moved from Ozark on the 3d of December, 1862, with Marmaduke in advance.
The weather was stormy and cold, and as the army moved without wagons or tents, the suffering of the men, particularly at night, was severe.
Up to a certain point it was impossible for the enemy to tell which road Hindman intended to take—the Cove Creek road which would take him in front of Herron, or the Cane Hill road which would put him in front of Blunt.
When this point was reached and it was decided to march against Herron, Mon