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[272] Cabell's brigade, entered Chicot county and fought and defeated a Federal force at Lake Chicot the last of May, engaging the United States steamer Curlew, on the Mississippi, ten miles above Gaines' landing. 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 Monarch, 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.

Lieutenant-Colonel Harrell, 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.

General Cabell'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 at Douglass' plantation.

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

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