's brigade, entered Chicot county
and fought and defeated a Federal force at Lake Chicot
the last of May, engaging the United States
, on the Mississippi
, ten miles above Gaines
Col. Colton Greene
, commanding a brigade of this division, on the 30th attacked and captured near Sunnyside
the steamers Lebanon
and Clara Eames
; with Monroe
's regiment, supported by Hughey
's battery, fought and disabled the steamers Exchange
, and on the 31st struck the Adams
with shell 28 times, killed 3 of her men and mortally wounded x. Colonel Greene
claimed to have demonstrated the practicability of blockading the Mississippi river
, with part of his command, was sent to relieve Colonel Hill
, near Shreveport
, taking the Marks' Mills
prisoners and about 1,000 additional captured on Red river
, 3,500 in all, to the stockade at Tyler, Tex.
's headquarters were at Monticello
, and his brigade was distributed along Bayou Bartholomew
and Red Fork
, on the lower Arkansas
river, occasionally skirmishing with scouts sent out by Clayton
from Pine Bluff
These ceasing, for weeks peace once more held temporary dominion.
The other commands of General Fagan
were on the Arkansas
On August 4th, Maj.-Gen. J. B. Magruder
was assigned to command of the district of Arkansas
, and Maj.-Gen. Price
to command of the cavalry of the district.
Gen. Sterling Price
had indulged in the belief that he might accomplish more for the Confederate
cause by pushing into Missouri
, with a large force as a nucleus, and rally around the Southern
flag many thousands who only wanted the opportunity to enlist in his army.
His military judgment was good, his experience large, and his honorable fame and services rendered a request to be permitted to lead such a force equivalent to a command.
Being authorized accordingly, he perfected the organization