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‘ [398] the West,’ gave his last battle order. Within twenty paces of the Union line, pierced by three wounds, he fell, and on the battlefield expired. His death was a disheartening blow to the army of Tennessee, and was mourned throughout the whole South.


Brigadier-General Thomas P. Dockery

Brigadier-General Thomas P. Dockery was among the conspicuously brave officers whom Arkansas furnished to the Confederacy. Though this State did not secede until it became evident that she must fight either for or against her Southern sisters, yet when her decision was made she went with all her might into the struggle for Southern independence, and gave to the South some of the most gallant men that ever drew sword or carried a musket General Dockery went into the service as colonel of the Nineteenth Arkansas. His regiment was in the brigade of Brig.-Gen. N. B. Pearce, and in the division of Brig.-Gen Benjamin McCulloch. On August 10, 1861, occurred the bloody battle of Oak Hills, or Wilson's Creek. General Churchill, who was then colonel of the First Arkansas regiment, mounted riflemen, in an account of this battle says: ‘The contest seemed doubtful. At times we would drive them up the hill, and in turn they would rally and cause us to fall back. At length we shouted and made a gallant charge and drove them over the hill. At this moment the Louisiana regiment with Colonel Dockery flanked them upon my left, made a charge and drove them completely from the field. This was the last position they abandoned, and the last stand they made.’ Brigadier-General Pearce, who commanded a division in this battle, says in his report: ‘I respectfully call the attention of the general to the praiseworthy conduct of Colonels Gratiot, Carroll and Dockery.’ When Price and Van Dorn crossed to the east side of the Mississippi in May, 1862, Colonel Dockery's regiment formed a part of this force, and participated under the lead of its gallant colonel in the bloody battle of

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