devised and now nearly finished were speedily to be hurled, with a force hitherto unknown to warfare, against the Southern
was careful to maintain a defensive force at Columbus
, as was demanded of him, under belief that the movement of the large force from Paducah
meant an attack upon Columbus
No other supposition could have been entertained under the circumstances.
He, himself, went to Belmont
, across the river, to lead in the actual battle going on there.
Col. J. C. Tappan
, of the Thirteenth Arkansas infantry, was in command of the small force stationed at ‘Camp Johnston,’ Belmont
, consisting of his own regiment, two companies of Miller
's Mississippi cavalry, and six guns of the Watson
artillery, commanded by Colonel Beltzhoover
. J. C. Tappan
, a lawyer of high standing at Helena, Ark.
, had been chosen colonel of the Thirteenth Arkansas at its organization in June, 1861, with a full quota of 1,000 men. A. D. Grayson
was elected lieutenant-colonel, and J. A. McNeely
The captains were: Robert B. Lambert
, Company A; B. C. Crump
, Company B; Benj. Harris
, Company C; Balfour
, Company D; J. M. Pollard
, Company E; Dunn
, Company F; Shelton
, Company G; Johnson
, Company H; George Hunt
, Company K.
On the morning of November 7th, at 7 o'clock, Colonel Tappan
received information that the enemy was landing on the Missouri
side of the river.
Ordering the two cavalry companies forward to watch the enemy, he formed his command for battle.
Two of Beltzhoover
's guns were stationed in an old field back of the camp, commanding a road, with Pollard
's company to sustain them, and the other four guns to the northwest commanding the other road, with the companies of Hunt
The rest of the regiment was formed in line of battle facing from the river.
had been in line about half an hour, Gen. Gideon J. Pillow
reinforced him with