decimated in subsequent victories, constituted a splendidly armed and mounted brigade of nearly 3,000 at the surrender.
After the capture of General Cabell
on the Little Osage river
, six months before the close of the war, Colonel Harrell
was in command.
The situation in the Trans-Mississippi department now deterred the boldest, and caused those in exalted positions to take a view of affairs similar to that of the humbler soldiers.
Gen. Kirby Smith
, on July 10, 1863, wrote to General Holmes
, from Shreveport
: ‘I can now give you no assistance.
You must make the best disposition you can with the troops at your disposal for the defense of the Arkansas valley
In the event of being driven from Arkansas valley
by overwhelming numbers, the concentration must be in this direction.
Quietly establish depots for provisions and forage along the line of your probable march.’
As early as May 9th, before the capitulation at Vicksburg
had given similar advice, suggesting a concentration in the Red river
valley against Banks
To the same purpose General Smith
issued a circular letter, containing advice to citizens in regard to destruction of cotton and means of embarrassing the invader, and calling a meeting of citizens at Marshall, Tex.
This brought forth a vigorous protest from Geo. C. Watkins
, former chief-justice of Arkansas
, and member of the military court; C. C. Danley
, member of the military board, and R. W. Johnson
and A. H. Garland
, Confederate States
Their address to Governor Flanagin
, dated at Little Rock
, July 25th, contained the following, among other vigorous paragraphs:
We are opposed to any policy of abandoning Arkansas to the enemy, and remonstrate against it as ruinous to our people and greatly injurious to the cause.
It is less difficult to hold the country than it will be to regain it. If Arkansas is given up, we lose the Indian country, west, which must share the same fate. . . .
The Trans-Mississippi has given up vast numbers of its