man on their side, and in pure bravado they planted a battery and began to shell the woods on the other side.
But this was a losing game, for Collins
' battery had been masked on the farther side, and opened suddenly on the Federal
battery and the crowd of soldiers about it, and sent them scurrying to the rear.
had not been outgeneraled nor his command at any time worsted in a fight—in fact, the enemy declined every offer of battle he made—the expedition for all practical results was a failure.
was a new man—an accomplished gentleman, but an untrained soldier—and was anxious for an opportunity to distinguish himself, and Marmaduke
was disposed to oblige him. Carter
blundered and the expedition miscarried.
's brigade went into camp near Augusta
, and Greene
's and Carter
's on Crowley's Ridge
It was not long before there was talk of a movement on Helena
by the combined infantry and cavalry force of the district, with the hope of relieving the pressure on Vicksburg
by stopping the navigation of the Mississippi river
by all boats except heavy ironclads, and preparations began to be quietly made to that end. About the 1st of June General Price
moved his command and headquarters to Jacksonport
, and issued orders which clearly indicated the reason for his change of base.
But days and weeks passed and nothing positive was done.
At last orders looking to a movement of the troops were issued.
On the 18th General Price
and his division to join him at Cottonplant, and on the 23d General Holmes
issued an address to the army.
The order of battle was issued on the 3d of July, the troops then being concentrated around Helena
, with the full knowledge of the enemy.
, with Parsons
' and McRae
's brigades, was to assault the fort on Graveyard hill
the fort on Hindman hill, Marmaduke
the fort on Reiter hill, and Walker
was to hold himself in position to resist any troops that might approach Reiter hill and