the march of Cabell
, which caused the cessation of the pillage and murder that had been indulged in by the triumphant defenders of Fayetteville
, or by their agents.
The fact is, thenceforth they were discontinued, and comparative quietude resumed its sway among these romantic valleys.
The old men mended their plows, and women and children began the cheerful preparation for the cultivation of their little fields.
was soon ordered to evacuate Fayetteville
and go to the assistance of Colonel Phillips
and his army in the Indian Territory
had crossed the Arkansas
on the night of the 24th and made an attack on Stand Watie
's Confederate Cherokees, at Webber's Falls
, and prevented the assemblage of the Cherokee
legislature there on the 25th.
He then sent a heavy scout, with howitzers, to the Lee
's creek road, between Fayetteville
and Van Buren
, to prevent any force moving up east of his position, until Colonel Harrison
Lieut.-Gen. E. Kirby Smith
had been assigned, January 14, to the command of the ‘Southwestern army,’ embracing the troops in west Louisiana
, and on February 9th his command was extended to embrace the Trans-Mississippi department.
He issued his general orders, No. 1, March 7th, assuming command of the forces west of the Mississippi
Gen. Sterling Price
was at last transferred to the Trans-Mississippi
, February 27th, and a month later was assigned to the command of the division lately commanded by General Hindman
, who had been relieved from duty in the TransMissis-sippi, January 30th.
On March 18th, the secretary of war advised General Smith
that a pressing necessity would require the latter's presence at an early day in Arkansas
The secretary wrote: ‘From a variety of sources, many of which I cannot doubt, the most deplorable accounts reach the department of the disorder, confusion and demoralization everywhere ’