guns: First battery, Capt. Francis McNally
; Third battery, Capt. J. G. Marshall
; Seventh battery, Capt. J. V. Zimmerman
; Fifth (Appeal) battery, Capt. C. C. Scott
; Sixth battery, Capt. C. B. Etter
; Ninth battery, Capt. John T. Trigg
. Capt. William M. Hughey
's battery was assigned to Fagan
's division, and Capt. Henry C. West
's Arkansas battery to Faries
' battalion, Polignac
And now once more the Confederate army in Arkansas
was gathered about the ancient and patriotic town of Washington
, the State
capital, as well as military headquarters.
The pretty girls of that refined and hospitable community had the presence of the officers once more.
Maj.-Gen. John Bankhead Magruder
—‘Prince John,’ as he was styled in the palmy days of peace—was as much a society man as the youngest officer in the army.
His nephew and aide-de-camp was as great a beau as had been his uncle in former days—and would be now. He wore a Confederate uniform, made and finished in regulation style in Paris
The parlors of these two chivalrous representatives of the old South
were the scene of many costly and elegant festivities during the winter of 1864-65, while the warriors of his command were resting on their laurels in prospect of a quiet winter spent in quarters.
There proved to be but little interruption to this welcome interval of repose.
The annoying report of cavalry invasions into northeast Louisiana
's brigade, with West
's battery, to be hurried out of its snug shanties at Hillsboro
down upon the Ouachita
, in a long march of nearly 100 miles into Union parish
, La The brigade crossed numerous streams, with artillery ammunition carried over by careful details on horseback.
Then after scouting and finding absolutely no ground for the alarm, the brigade was ordered into winter quarters at Cherry Ridge
, but had hardly erected rude quarters before it was ordered into Texas
to go into winter quarters near Corsicana
The inaction at this time of the