near Berryville, Carroll county
, had set the example for these atrocities.
There was another Phillips
(W. A.), commanding a brigade of Cherokees (Federal enlistments), known as Pin Indians
, who guarded Blunt
's transportation over the mountain at the battle of Prairie Grove
, and burned Fort Davies on the 25th or 27th of December.
Though representing the Indian
race, he was a knight of chivalry compared with his militia namesake.
Col. M. La Rue Harrison
emulated the ferocity of the militia commander in words and on paper, but not in deeds.
He conducted his operations from the ‘Post,’ only encouraging cruelty by giving commissions to unworthy men who abused his authority.
The country north of the Arkansas
was now at the mercy of irresponsible banditti, claiming to be authorized by J. F. Philips
, and bearing the Union flag whenever they did not deem it more useful to their purposes to carry no flag at all, and to pretend to be Confederates.
Houses were broken open, horses and cattle driven off, fences burned to make fires, women and children terrorized and insulted if suspected of being Confederate ‘widows’ and ‘orphans.’
Implements for making clothing were destroyed or taken away—especially cards for carding wool or cotton.
These latter were hidden and guarded as precious treasures by the women of north Arkansas
, and for these the valiant militia made diligent and rude search.
From burning fences they proceeded to burning barns and outhouses, but as yet generally spared the humble dwellings which sheltered the families.
A citizen of Fayetteville, Ark.
, soon after the war, pointed out to a visitor on the public square, a man seated in a wagon drawn by a horse and a mule, accompanied by a woman who delivered the produce he had for sale.
The man wore a brown jeans homespun coat, and the woman a homemade worsted skirt ‘You see those people?’
he asked of the visitor.
‘I used to think they were the salt of the earth; and their homemade ’