of fine strategy which proved effectual by its mere design, without its full execution in detail.
Returning from Mansfield
with the infantry designed to oppose Steele
's advance on Arkansas
, on the 16th of April, he halted Walker
at his camp, 19 miles from Minden
, to be thrown against an enemy at either Camden
went to Arkansas
the next day and ordered the Fagan expedition, which resulted in the capture, April 25th, of the Federal
train at Marks' mills and the evacuation of Camden
on the 27th.
's division was now ordered forward, of which General Smith
took command in person.
He assigned to General Price
the command of the Arkansas
divisions, commanded, respectively, by Generals Churchill
The operations of the army remained under the chief command of General Smith
On the 28th of April, a raft having been laid across the Ouachita
the night previous, the two divisions of infantry moved rapidly in pursuit of the retreating Steele
, whose route was marked by cast-off garments and abandoned plunder.
Marching from midnight of the 29th until daylight, the pursuing army came upon the enemy's rear near Jenkins
' ferry, 22 miles north of Princeton
's brigade, commanded by Colonel Greene
, was summoned to General Price
and led the advance of the infantry, harassing the enemy's rear near Princeton
, after traveling 90 miles without food for horses or rations or sleep for men; and had 6 privates and a major killed, and 9 other officers, 4 sergeants and 30 privates wounded.
Gen. T. J. Churchill
, in command of the Arkansas
division, counting about 2,000 muskets, marched to Camden
on April 27th, and on the evacuation of that place by Steele
, crossed the Ouachita
on the 29th, made a forced march of 27 miles, and after a few hours' rest, resumed the march at midnight in a heavy rain, through deep