and although exposed to danger from the fire of the enemy, all the officers and men of the regiment behaved with great promptness and coolness in all their movements during the day.
Col. Tom P. Dockery
, of the Fifth regiment, said in his account of the battle:
Captains Titsworth's, Dismukes', Neal's, Dowd's, Whaling's and Lawrence's companies, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Neal, were ordered to support the Third Louisiana and the Third Arkansas which had been exposed to a wasting fire from the main body of the enemy (who were posted on an eminence on the west of our encampment) from the commencement of the attack.
Lieutenant-Colonel Neal moved promptly forward, and while gallantly leading the charge he fell severely wounded.
I immediately took command of the battalion and led them on to the attack.
I must, in justice to my own feelings, say that Captains Titsworth, Dismukes, Neal, Dowd, Whaling and Lawrence, and the commissioned officers and privates under their command, demeaned themselves with such gallantry and made such splendid exhibitions of courage, that I cannot repress an expression of my commendation.
Each man did his whole duty, and although fully exposed for fifteen or twenty minutes to a most deadly fire from the enemy, no man, so far as my observation went, wavered, blanched or quailed, but poured volley after volley into the ranks of the enemy, who soon fell back and commenced a retreat from the field, leaving it covered with their dead and wounded.
Captains Hartzig's, Arnold's, McKean's and Hutchinson's companies were detailed, after Reid's battery had been moved to a different position, to act as skirmishers, and continued in that service until the engagement was over.
It would be injustice not to make some mention of the highly creditable manner in which these gentlemen deported themselves.
Cavalry and artillery shared with the infantry all the glory of this battle in the far West
on behalf of the Confederacy
As illustrative, we refer to the report of Col. DeRosey Carroll
, First Arkansas cavalry: