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[217] transport, and started on our return, our object having in the main been accomplished.

My loss was in the infantry seven killed, sixteen wounded, and four wounded and missing. In the cavalry, one killed, and one (a recent recruit) missing. All of the wounded except three will be fit for duty in a few days.

I cannot accurately judge of the enemy's loss, but am confident it exceeds one hundred in killed and wounded, including the loss he sustained in his first ineffectual charge. I also captured from him thirteen prisoners, including one commissioned officer and one sergeant. We also took a number of good horses, and brought away several freedmen.

The following is a list of killed and wounded:

Killed: Privates Benjamin Sanderson and Ole Hanson, company B; private Henry W. Farnsworth, company C; First Sergeant Corydon D. Bevans, and private Clark D. Harding, company E; Corporal George H. Peaslee, company H; private Washington J. Smith, company I.

Wounded and missing: Privates George Brewer and William Shearer, company B; private Andrew Brigham, company G; private John Pope, company I.

Wounded: Sergeant Albert G. Hunt, First Sergeant Henry Durant, Corporal Edward Frygang, and private William F. Ingham, company B.; Corporal Lewis Kimball, and privates James B. Chapin, Henry W. Wallace, and Orin Case, company C; Corporals Isaac Laurer and Albert G. Leach, company E; private Albert R. Pierce, company G; privates Rollin 0. Crawford and John Eaton, company H; privates Joseph Markling and Andrew Clark, company I; Quartermaster Sergeant Herman D. Pettibone.

Seven killed, four wounded and missing, sixteen wounded. Total casualties, twenty-seven.

Eighth cavalry, Missouri volunteers: John E. Mode, company I, killed;----Buckner, company I, missing. Total killed, eight; wounded and missing, five; wounded, sixteen; whole loss, twenty-nine.

A few men were left as a guard on the transport, and some were used in guarding prisoners; so that the whole number of men I had engaged was only one hundred and eighty.

The moral effect of this combat is greatly on our side, showing as it does, that, with a very small force we are able to defy the combined numbers of the enemy which has been left to hold sway in that fine region of country, and that he is liable to be struck from unexpected sources.

The conduct of the officers and men of my command was eminently heroic and prudent. Their efficiency and skill were what I had reason to expect from accomplished and well-disciplined soldiers. Their emulous valor equaled the Spartan standard. The result of their hard-fought contest shows what a resource there is in courage, and what power there is in discipline.

The place to which we marched, is one hundred and sixty-eight miles from Little Rock, and we made the expedition and returned to this place, and had resumed our ordinary duties here inside of three days.

I am obliged to the Quartermaster's department for promptitude in furnishing transportation; also to the commanders of the gunboat and transport for their promptitude and assistance.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. C. Andrews,1 Colonel Third Minnesota Vol. Infantry, Commanding Expedition. Brigadier-General L. Thomas, Adjutant-General United States Army.

1 See Document 128, Vol. VIII.

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