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[276] reinforcements which would have been sent to Sherman.

Gen. John B. Magruder, now in command of the district of Arkansas, kept Steele at Little Rock, in constant apprehension of a movement against that city. General Smith at one time in November seriously contemplated such a movement, and Churchill's, Polignac's, Forney's and M. M. Parsons' divisions were assembled in the vicinity of Camden. Parsons' Texas cavalry was extended from Monticello, Drew county, to Gaines' landing; Wharton's cavalry from Spring Hill to Shreveport; Logan's (Eleventh) Arkansas, mounted, was scouting up through Clark and Saline counties, Hill and Burk north of the Arkansas. November 18th, Churchill's division had moved to Louisville, in La Fayette county, on Red river—‘Camp Lee.’ From Price's headquarters, November 30th, General Clark in command of Marmaduke's division, and General Thompson in command of Shelby's, were ordered to Laynesport; and Gurley's Texas cavalry in that direction to cooperate with General Maxey. By direction of General Smith the Ouachita and Little Missouri were made ‘the true line of defense.’ Colonels McCray and Dobbin were sent into northeast Arkansas.

General Magruder, having transferred his headquarters to Washington, Ark., wrote to General Price on the subject of the reorganization of his command, that ‘those regiments best disciplined and officered should be retained as cavalry, and sent to Texas to winter; the others to be dismounted, and the Missourians placed with Parsons and the Arkansans with Churchill.’ He received from General Smith, December 9th, advice ‘that the command was then better prepared to receive an order dismounting them than it would ever be again; that not more than two brigades should be retained, and one should be Shelby's, and the interest of the service should decide him (Magruder) whether the other should be Marmaduke's or Cabell's.’ General Magruder decided

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