The enemy had the advantage of position in this battle.
No attempt to take advantage of position seemed to have been made on the part of the Confederates
until General Smith
threw Colonel Williams
across the creek against the enemy's right and rear.
Besides, the enemy had the spirit of desperation in his position.
He had to resist to save his train.
The enemy, having crossed the river about 2 o'clock, pressed on toward Little Rock
night and day, leaving his dead on the muddy field.
A little before night his infirmary corps, with proper badges and stretchers, came into the Confederate
lines to bear away the dead and wounded.
One young man in a Federal blouse had fallen, pierced with seven balls, any one of which would have been fatal, and all from the front, as the stretcher-bearer pointed out.
Among the killed in this Arkansas Arcola
were Col. H. L. Grinsted
and Captain Dickson
, Thirty-third Arkansas; Captain McIver
, Lieutenants Creden
, of Gause
's brigade; Lieut.-Col. Simon Harris
, of Parsons
' brigade; Generals Scurry
, of Walker
's division; and Colonel Watson
, Eighteenth Texas infantry.
The return of casualties in the Confederate forces in the engagement at Jenkins
' ferry, Ark.
, April 30, 1864, shows the following: Churchill
's division: Tappan
's regiment, 8 killed, 18 wounded; Thirty-third Arkansas, 21 killed, 71 wounded; Shaver
's regiment, 4 killed, 22 wounded. Hawthorn
's brigade, no report.
's brigade, 16 killed, 67 wounded; Dockery
's brigade, 1 killed, 14 wounded. (Churchill
reported total loss of division, 64 killed and 270 wounded.) Parsons
' division: Clark
's brigade, 18 killed, 73 wounded; Burns
' brigade, 11 killed, 48 wounded. Marmaduke
's division: Marmaduke
's brigade, 7 killed, 43 wounded. Walker
's division, no report.
The loss of the Federals
was believed to be much larger.