The command of the regiment then devolved upon Lieut.-Col. B. T. Embry, who gallantly led it through the fight to victory.
My officers behaved in this first fight with great bravery and coolness.
Captains Gibson, King, Brown, Arrington, Witherspoon, Parker, Gambel and Flanagin, all deserve great credit for the manner in which they led their companies.
The regiment lost 10 killed and 44 wounded. Captain King was wounded.
Orderly-Sergeant Spencer was conspicuous for his gallantry.
He was wounded while leading on his men.
Col. John R. Gratiot
, commanding the Third, said in his report:
Of my regiment I must speak in the highest terms for their coolness, prompt obedience and daring courage, and although but few of them had ever been upon a battlefield, they maintained their position thirty minutes under one of the most galling fires ever delivered upon a regiment by 1,500 or 2,000 Federal troops, besides being enfiladed by a heavy battery.
They stood their ground, delivering their fire with deadly effect and extreme rapidity.
I must here mention in terms of highest approbation the conduct of my lieutenant-colonel, David Provence, for his coolness, skill and gallantry during the whole action, his example having a powerful influence in keeping the men steady and cool.
Major Ward behaved with great gallantry; also, Captain Sparks and his company; Captain Hart and his company; Captain Brown up to the time of his death, and Lieutenant King, afterward in command of the company; Captain Bell, up to the time of his death.
These companies bore the heat of the action and distinguished themselves by their gallant conduct, and the conduct of the officers and men throughout was so universally gallant and courageous that it is hard to make personal distinctions.
The report of Col. J. D. Walker
speaks for the Fourth Arkansas infantry:
The Fourth regiment, on the morning of the 10th, was placed under the command of Adjutant-General Rector, who remained in command during the day. This regiment was not brought into immediate action, being stationed upon the hill for the protection of Reid's battery,