The victorious general paid to the officers who had participated in the engagement, the following official approval and special commendation to promotions:
Generals Frost, Shoup and Marmaduke, commanding divisions; Generals Roane, Fagan, Parsons and McRae, and Colonels Shaver and Shelby, commanding brigades, did their duty nobly.
I strongly commend them to the lieutenant-general commanding the department.
Generals Shoup and Marmaduke do not appear to have been confirmed as brigadiers.
They fully merit the honor.
Had the authorities, whose consent is requisite, been present at Prairie Grove or at Shiloh, where these gallant officers equally distinguished themselves, the act of confirmation could not be delayed. . . . I had with me the following staff: Col. R. C. Newton, chief of staff; Maj. J. P. Wilson, assistant adjutant-general; Lieut. S. B. Reardon, aide-de-camp; Lieut. R. W. Lee, aide-de-camp, acting chief of ordnance; Col. D. Provence, acting chief of artillery; Col. A. S. Dobbin and Maj. E. E. Boudinot, volunteer aides-de-camp; Surgeon J. M. Keller, medical director.
All of them were constantly under fire.
They displayed great coolness.
This was the second bloody battle in which Major Wilson and Colonel Newton served on my staff.
In both they evinced the same high qualities.
The confirmation of their ranks has been fairly won at Shiloh and Prairie Grove.
I present this subject specially to the department commander, with the case also of Lieut. McK. A. Hammett, all being of the number of assignments made by me while commanding the Trans-Mississippi district.
Reference to the foregoing details will deeply impress all intelligent minds with the grandeur of this achievement of General Hindman
and his army.
He had made his dispositions to fight Blunt
alone, who had a force better equipped, better fed and inured to warfare.