, garrisoned it with 800 infantry.
He then proceeded on transport to Devall's Bluff
, which he occupied January 17th, capturing on the cars, ready for shipment to Little Rock
, two columbiads and some small-arms, and a part of the little force engaged in guarding them.
From there, with the gunboats Romeo
, he sent an expedition which occupied Des Arc
, Major Chrisman
, with his battalion, retiring to Cottonplant.
February 2d, Maj. Caleb Dorsey
, with his squadron of Confederate cavalry, was escorting the steamboat Julia Roane
down the Arkansas river
, when at White Oak
, seven miles west of Ozark
, he was attacked by a band of Arkansas
Federals, under Captain Galloway
, with his Confederates, charged and routed them, killing horses and wounding several of the enemy, who retreated to Frog bayou
On February 3d, Capt. Peter Mankins
, with a portion of his company, was surrounded in a house on Mulberry
by a scouting party under Captain Travis
, which Mankins
repulsed, killing two men of the Tenth Illinois and wounding others.
The land and naval forces on the Mississippi
burned Mound City, Ark.
, on the 15th of January.
On the 24th, a scouting party from Fayetteville
crossed the Boston mountains
, and going down Frog bayou
, entered Van Buren
and captured the steamboat Julia Roane
, with about 250 Confederates from the hospital, who were paroled, being sick; the steamer, which was only a hospital, being allowed to proceed.
March 5th, Col. Powell Clayton
led an expedition to Madison
on the St. Francis river
, where, meeting but little resistance, he captured some Confederate stores and cotton, with about 46 citizens, whom he paroled as ‘prisoners of war.’
An expedition of 500 Federals from Bloomfield, Mo.
, under command of John McNeil
, marched, on March 9th, against Chalk Bluff
, compelling the Confederate
force under Col. M. Jeff Thompson
to retire to their dugouts on Varney
's river, in which they retreated down