could fight more effectively for Arkansas
east of the Mississippi
than anywhere else.’
By September 1st he had withdrawn his forces to Pitman's Ferry.
On September 17th he notified General Polk
that he had ordered Colonel Cleburne
to move with his regiment and repair the road to Point Pleasant
His morning report that day showed 900 sick out of 4,529 present, not including 1,100 at Pocahontas
On September 24th, Hardee
dispatched to Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston
: ‘The last detachment of my command will start to-morrow for Point Pleasant
, on the Mississippi
, which place I hope my entire command will reach in nine days from that date.’
Crossing the Mississippi
, he led his Arkansas
troops to join the Central
army of Kentucky, in which Hindman
soon became brigade commanders.
Before leaving Pitman's Ferry, General Hardee
ordered the transfer of all stores to Pocahontas
, and left a force there under Col. Solon Borland
, consisting of seven companies of Borland
's cavalry, four companies of McCarver
's infantry regiment, and Captain Roberts
' independent company.
D. F. Shall, with 230 men, moved to near Ironton, Mo.
, to cooperate with M. Jeff Thompson
, late in October.
The defeat of Thompson
exposed the posts at Pitman's Ferry and Pocahontas
to an expedition soon afterward attempted by Col. R. J. Oglesby
, of Illinois
, from Bird's Point
In apprehension of this, November 5th, Colonel Borland
wrote to General Polk
that he had but 700 men and half a dozen discarded cannon.
Needing artillerists, he had ordered back Roberts
' company, which Hardee
had called into Kentucky
Fortunately, the Federal
expedition was turned aside in Missouri
, of Kentucky
, on August 19th addressed a letter to President Lincoln
, begging that the neutrality of that State might be respected through his orders as President
, and that the soldiers that had been enlisted in the United States army and collected in the central part of Kentucky
, and there armed and supplied