prairie with Red river
in his rear,’ it was all the more likely to amuse his unsophisticated followers.
So much of the report of General Hindman
as tells the story of his operations under Beauregard
's order, and is embodied in this history, is quoted from himself, since no historian would be given credit for fairness who should utter it without such authentication.
Those who knew him well can recognize the dauntless will of the man, his tireless energy and his unmistakable ability. . . . In his political campaign immediately preceding the war, by the exercise of the same qualities he had revolutionized the politics of the State
and, aiding in the election of Governor Rector
, had overthrown an ancient organization of his party, of which Robert W. Johnson
, United States
senator at the time of the secession of the States, was the head.
But Colonel Johnson
, in the reaction brought about by the proclamation of Mr. Lincoln
calling for troops, and the secession of the State
, secured a seat in the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States
, and Hindman
lost no time in making peace with him as an indispensable friend or patron at the Confederate
capital, to vindicate his acts, when necessary, with the President
and before the Congress
It was not Johnson
who instituted the congressional inquiry upon the protests that went up from Arkansas
against the alleged usurpations of Hindman
, whom Hindman
greatly influenced and humored, understood the new friendship of Johnson
, when he wrote, November 10, 1862: ‘Colonel Johnson
is just elected senator over Garland
, 46 to 41.
He made a long speech to the legislature, in which, I am told, he sustained you thoroughly and unconditionally.
He has offered me his services, and I am going to send him to Richmond
for arms and money.’
occupied a seat in the old Senate, when Jefferson Davis
in that body.
He was a member of the same school of politics, and had the confidence and esteem of the Confederate President