previous next
[267]

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, Lasiter and Ponder, of Gause's brigade; Lieut.-Col. Simon Harris, of Parsons' brigade; Generals Scurry and Randal, 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 brigade—Hardy'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. Gause'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.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Little Rock (Arkansas, United States) (1)
Arkansas (Arkansas, United States) (1)
Arcola, Douglas County, Illinois (Illinois, United States) (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
April 30th, 1864 AD (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: