and of deposit for supplies.
Brig.-Gen. Albert Rust
was ordered to assume command of the lower Arkansas
to its mouth, and of White river
from Des Arc
to its mouth, and that all companies organized under the call of Governor Rector
for the Confederate
service should report to Col. Jas. P. Major
at Des Arc
. On the 28th of March, Gen. T. J. Churchill
was urged to reach Des Arc
by the earliest possible day. All these orders pointed to the transfer of the army of the West to the east side of the Mississippi
, to reinforce Generals Johnston
at Corinth, Miss.
, for the Missourians, had acquiesced and relinquished his former rank in the State Guard for the same rank in the Confederate army.
Special orders announced that the First brigade of Price
's division would embark for Memphis
April 8th, and Colonel Little
would take command.
At Des Arc, April 8th, General Price
bade farewell to the soldiers of the State Guard in a touching and eloquent order.
was greatly beloved in Arkansas
His natural amiability, his unassuming, fatherly dignity, recognized in the sobriquet of ‘Pap,’ his honesty and superb bravery, and untiring energy and devotion to the cause, made him a popular idol.
Wherever he became accessible, the ladies called to see him, and the most enthusiastic kissed him, as he sat to give them a reception.
The little girls he took upon his knee.
The women of Arkansas
, in their devotion to the cause of their husbands, sons and neighbors, were glorious martyrs.
They worked for the soldiers, not only in providing lint and bandages for the wounded, and making clothing for them, but by managing the farms from which they supplied them with provisions, promptly delivered as for a ‘tax in kind.’
They nursed their sick and buried their dead.
In north Arkansas
, harried as it was by the armies up to 1864, there was no door ever shut upon a Confederate soldier.
At any time of night