After the battle the Missouri
commands moved back to within four miles of Mansfield
and went into camp to rest preparatory to their return to Arkansas
About this time the district commander received official information of the promotion of Colonel Shelby
to brigadier-general, which was only a proper recognition on the part of the Confederate government of the services of a brave, intelligent and successful officer.
Some changes had taken place in Shelby
's brigade, too, during the winter.
had become colonel of Jeans
' regiment, and Shelby
's promotion made Gordon
colonel of his regiment.
had succeeded Thompson
in command of Coffee
's old regiment.
was lieutenant-colonel of Gordon
's regiment, and George Gordon
, major, while Irwin
became lieutenant-colonel of Shanks
' regiment, and McDaniel
became lieutenant-colonel under Elliott
, and Walton
Early in April General Steele
moved out of Little Rock
and began his march southward to co-operate with Banks
in the capture of Shreveport
took particular precautions to keep his strength, the composition of his force and the object and direction of his movement secret.
was ordered to delay Steele
as much as possible.
He ordered Shelby
to fall in his rear and annoy and retard him, by striking and getting away, wherever opportunity offered.
carried out his instructions to the letter.
brought in 18 prisoners. Lieutenant Wolfenberger
brought in 20 more, together with the contents of several commissary wagons.
Altogether ten or fifteen of these detached parties returned with supplies, prisoners and horses.
's cavalry was demoralized and rarely ventured beyond the protection of the infantry.
In the meantime Marmaduke
, with his own brigade, had thrown himself in Steele
's front and compelled him to halt and deploy his infantry so frequently that he made but slow progress