own land; ignorant, brutal, and needing to be instructed to in matters of government and conduct of civilized warfare more than the negroes.
The Confederates wished to have vengeance especially upon these intruders, who insulted women, burned homes of non-combatants, and murdered prisoners of war.
The difficulties between the Texan
commander of Arkansas
troops and General Price
requiring settlement were: 1, rank and precedence; 2, the proper field of action; 3, widely divergent views of military strategy.
, holding the higher rank, had yielded the command of the combined forces on a former occasion.
It could not be expected of him that he should do so continuously, especially since he had shown, by practical successes, that he could cope with the enemy and attract thousands to his standard, unaided, and on his own motion had displayed an energy and enterprise in military campaign that has rarely been equaled.
had an unconquerable distrust of the military judgment and capacity of General Price
, notwithstanding his achievements, and of the stability and subordination of the recruits he had drawn to his standard.
He avoided the association with earnestness, claiming that he was assigned to the Indian Territory
, and was not authorized to march his command into Missouri
He was as much bent upon retaining his Indian command as General Price
was anxious for the occupation and redemption of Missouri
If there had been forces adequate, it might have been well enough to keep the Indian
country under military control; but it was of secondary importance in comparison with other fields.
There was, however, reason for believing General Price
's designs in Missouri
could not be carried out. Its strategical effect in preventing the reinforcement of Grant
was its chief importance.
The eastern boundary of Missouri
was occupied by large bodies of the enemy, and other forces could be sent out from the Ohio river