brave Col. Emmet MacDonald
, Lieutenant-Colonel Weimer
, Major Kirtley
, and others.
returned to Batesville, Ark.
, January 18, 1863.
's Arkansas brigade, commanded by Col. J. C. Monroe
, started under General Marmaduke
upon this raid, but was detached by orders from General Hindman
's headquarters, and directed to operate against the enemy at Van Buren creek
, thus escaping an arduous campaign in sleet and snow over a rough region, in which there was scant food for man or horse.
After General Marmaduke
had marched away, the Federal
captain of militia, John Philips
, surprised some citizens who had ‘hidden out,’ as was customary on the approach of Federals, armed with sporting guns only, as no one dared to go unarmed, and captured them with his force of 75 militiamen near Berryville, Carroll county, Ark.
, and 9 of these citizens were murdered.
reporting them as ‘bushwhackers,’ to excuse his brutality.
On the 13th of January a force of 300 of the First Iowa cavalry seized a preacher, named Rodgers
, took his horses, mules, wagons and portable property, near Kingston
, then proceeded to the Confederate
saltpeter works, on Buffalo river
, captured 15 or 20 of the small force in charge under Lieutenant Kinkade
, and destroyed the works, burning the buildings.
The lieutenant and 7 of his men made their escape.
On the same day, Captain Crawley
and a small Confederate force met a detachment of Col. Powell Clayton
's Fifth Kansas cavalry and of the Second Wisconsin cavalry; at the crossing of Lick creek
, twelve miles from Helena
, and routed it, taking 20 prisoners, besides killing and wounding many of the enemy.
, having sent 1,200 Federal cavalry to Clarendon
on White river
, moved to St. Charles
on White river
, accompanied by the two gunboats St. Louis
, and finding the post evacuated by