defense, and assisted our armies east of the river as effectually as if the troops had been actually fighting there.
April 15th, General Marmaduke
marched on his second raid into Missouri
, with a cavalry force composed of Carter
's Texas brigade, Shelby
's and Burbridge
's Missouri brigades, the latter including Col. Robert C. Newton
's Arkansas cavalry regiment of State troops.
Failing to capture the Palmyra assassin, McNeil
moved on Cape Girardeau
, but found it unadvisable to attack.
was attacked in camp the night of April 26th, and lost several killed and wounded.
retired before a strong Federal force in good order to Chalk Bluff
, where he found the St. Francis river
swollen and no boats.
He formed line of battle and engaged the enemy until rafts could be constructed, and then crossed his artillery, wagons and horses safely, losing about 30 killed, 60 wounded, and 150 missing.
It was on this expedition that Colonel Newton
's scouts captured in Missouri Hon. Elisha Baxter
, a citizen of Batesville
, brother of John Baxter
of Knoxville, Tenn. Elisha Baxter
had been a merchant at Batesville
, but studied law and was elected as a Whig to the legislature.
He favored all measures looking to the perpetuation of the Union
, and upon the beginning of the conflict of arms, declared himself a Union man, but declined the appointment tendered him by General Curtis
, at Batesville
, of commander of the First Arkansas (Federal) regiment, there organized.
On the departure of Curtis
, being told that he was in personal danger, he took refuge in Missouri
There he was recognized by Newton
and his men, captured and taken as a prisoner to Little Rock
He was part of the first reconstruction government of the State
as a Supreme judge, and later as governor, then fell