a smile, ‘I want you “toothpick” men to show what you can do to-day!’
(The bowie-knife was called in jest the ‘Arkansas
toothpick.’) ‘The enemy over there must be driven out. Will you help us to do it?’
The electric current of this appeal thrilled the Arkansas
men, and the answer was an enthusiastic dash and a rousing yell.
rode with them, but the regiment passed him and carried the field.
The fight was won!
The Tenth regiment was next to the Ninth and went forward in the same headlong charge.
' division was taken, including no less than 3,000 men and the general himself.
reported the gallant conduct of Lieut. M. A. Duckworth
, killed, Capt. W. J. Wallaces
wounded, and Sergeant Ford
, who carried the colors after the color-sergeant fell.
The Ninth lost 7 killed and 15 wounded. The Thirteenth, with A. P. Stewart
, lost 25 killed and 72 wounded out of 306.
From the fire of a Louisiana regiment, Capt. R. B. Lambert
, Lieutenants Hall
and several others were wounded.
In the subsequent encounter with the enemy, Lieutenant-Colonel Grayson
was mortally, and Maj. J. A. McNeely
, Captains Crump
, and Lieutenants Duncan
, seriously wounded.
After the fall of Fort Donelson, Tenn.
, General Polk
, and the next stand for the defense of the Mississippi river
was made at the bends of Island No.10
and New Madrid, Mo.
At Fort Thompson
, near New Madrid, was stationed a garrison consisting of the Eleventh Arkansas regiment, Col. J. M. Smith
; the Twelfth Arkansas, Lieut.-Col. W. D. S. Cook
, and two Tennessee batteries, all under Col. E. W. Gantt
, of the Twelfth Arkansas.
An army under Gen. John Pope
advanced southward in Missouri
against New Madrid and began an attack on Fort Thompson
, March 13th.
During the following night, in the midst of a violent thunderstorm, the Confederate
garrison was removed to the Kentucky
shore, by order of General McCown
, under the personal