Franklin A. Dick
, refused to allow them decent and Christian burial, and had their bodies taken from the houses of their friends at night and buried in unknown and unmarked graves in the common potters' field.
The retreat to Arkansas
was a severe one.
It was now the middle of January, and the weather suddenly became very cold.
The change was ushered in by a snow, which lasted ten hours. The snow covered the earth to the depth of nearly two feet, and, freezing on top, made marching difficult and dangerous to man and horse.
Many of the men were poorly clad and suffered greatly, some of them having their hands and feet frozen.
's command of Federal cavalry followed hard after, forcing the men to keep with the column and preventing them stopping at farmhouses for any length of time.
At last Batesville
was reached, and the warmth of the hospitality with which the command was received by the generous people there made amends for all the hardships of the campaign.