woods from where they were, and make a noisy demonstration of attack on the Federal
right, the whole Federal force being in line of battle fronting his and Cabell
The demonstrations on their flank deceived the Federals
, and just as they were changing front to meet it Cabell
's and Marmaduke
's brigades charged them under cover of a heavy artillery fire and in less than fifteen minutes they went all to pieces.
had kept Wood
's battalion mounted, but when he ordered him to make pursuit of the fleeing enemy, Maxey
countermanded the order, and directed him to put his men to gathering the spoils of the field.
The spoils amounted to four pieces of artillery, with caissons, about 1,000 muskets, 200 six-mule wagons loaded with every species of plunder, and several ambulances.
The enemy lost 60 white and 400 negro soldiers killed and wounded and 250 prisoners. All of them might have been captured if the pursuit had been made, but being unpursued the greater part worked their way around to a road going into Camden
from the west and rejoined their army.
was still sorely pressed for provisions, and in his extremity started out another foraging train, about as large as the first and about as strongly guarded, to Pine Bluff
After the affair at Poison Spring
—who had come up from Shreveport
, bringing Parsons
' and Churchill
's divisions with him—conceived the idea of sending three brigades of cavalry to threaten Little Rock
's division, consisting of Cabell
's and Dockery
's brigades, reinforced by Shelby
's brigade, was selected.
was at Miller's Bluff
, and Fagan
joined him there and crossed the river.
He knew at that time nothing of Steele
's foraging train, but when he reached Marks' Mill
he learned of it, and that the next day it would cross the Saline river
and probably be beyond his reach.
It was, therefore, decided that Cabell
should attack in rear the next