One man was riding in advance of the raiders, to warn Lawrence
, when his horse fell under him and was killed; while the rider was so injured that he died next day. The banditti had been seen, the night before, passing five miles south of Aubrey
, near the State
line, where Capt. Pike
, with two cavalry companies, was stationed; but Pike, instead of pursuing them, sent word to Capt. Coleman
, at Little Santa Fe; who, with 100 more horsemen, marched to Aubrey
, and, with Pike, commenced a pursuit; but the trail was now cold; arid the pursuers were six miles from Lawrence
, on horses thoroughly blown, when the bandits, with fresh (stolen) horses, were leaving the scene of their murders.
They were overtaken near Palmyra
by Senator Lane
and a weak party from Lawrence
; but these could not attack, and were unable to keep them in sight; and, in short, Quantrell
, dodging many times his force, who were after him, rested a while that night 5 miles north-east of Paoli
, and escaped next day into the timber of the middle fork of Grand river
; where his band scattered, seeking and finding concealment with congenial spirits throughout the surrounding region.
Perhaps 100 of them were overtaken and killed in the pursuit; but the greater number escaped, and were soon indistinguishable.
, with 600 Missourians, starting1
from Pilot Knob
, dashed into Pocahontas
, where he captured Gen M. Jeff. Thompson
and some 50 others; returning unmolested.
The surrender of Vicksburg
and Port Hudson
, with the retreat of Jo. Johnston
, having left Gen. Grant
's army at leisure, Maj.-Gen. F. Steele
was sent to Helena
to fit out and lead an expedition for the capture of little Rock.
The force assigned him for this task numbered 6,000 men of all arms, including 500 cavalry, with 22 guns; but Gen. Davidson
, with nearly 6,000 more men, mainly mounted, and 18 guns, soon joined him from Missouri
; swelling his aggregate to 12,000 men and 40 guns.
soon moved out,4 Davidson
's cavalry in advance; crossing White river5
, and sending forward6 Davidson
to reconnoiter the enemy's position at Brownsville
, while he shipped his extra supplies and his sick — by this time numbering 1,000--down to Duvall
's bluff, which was accounted the healthiest spot in that unhealthy region.
advanced, skirmishing, to Brownsville
evacuated; retreating to his intrenchments at Bayou Metea; whence he was, after some fighting, dislodged8
and driven over the bayou; burning the bridge behind him, and so checking pursuit.
's brigade, from Memphis
, reaching Clarendon
on the 29th, was ferried over the White
next day, and a general advance resumed; Steele
concentrating at Brownsville
, and, after attempting to pass Bayou Metea on the north and being baffled by miry swamps, decided to move by the left to the Arkansas
, which he struck9
near Ashley's mills; where Davidson
's cavalry, reconnoitering in the advance, had another sharp skirmish with the enemy; Steele