out with his party and was instrumental in delivering Arkansas
rule, making a record as an upright, consistent officer and citizen.
, the seat of Newton county, Ark.
, situated at the head of Buffalo fork
of the White river
, near the foot of Mount Judea
(or Juda), the highest cone of the Boston mountains
, had long been the rendezvous of Unionists
and Federal recruiting officers.
, and other mountaineers made it headquarters, from which they terrorized Southern sympathizers of the adjoining counties.
Its leading citizens were Unionists
, who kept Hudson's mill
under their protection for their own use and those of such Southerners as they admitted to use it. Harrell
's battalion resolved to endeavor to capture Vanderpool
and bring out some of these leaders.
Capt. John Sissell
, former sheriff of that county, commanding Company E in Harrell
's battalion, on May 10th guided the battalion through the mountains in an attack upon the town, surprising it and capturing the leaders, but missing Vanderpool
had been informed of the movement, and with a large force was posted in ambush on the highway by which he expected the Confederates
to enter the town.
In fact, his force was larger than the battalion and armed with the latest-improved arms, as the Confederates
found when they moved out against him in his position.
The Confederates were therefore content to retire from the town by the way they came, with their captured horses and arms and their eight or ten prisoners, some of whom were badly wounded in their desperate resistance.
The battalion joined Cabell
's brigade at Fort Smith
Maj. W. L. Cabell
, who had been sent to inspect the accounts of quartermasters in the department, having well acquitted himself of this duty, was, in March, 1863, commissioned brigadier-general and requested to collect absentees from the service in northwestern Arkansas
's and Monroe
's regiments, he was directed