The Federal army was getting ready, in July, to occupy the Arkansas valley
and march upon Little Rock
On the 27th, by special orders of General Grant
, Maj.-Gen. Frederick Steele
was assigned to the command of the army, to take the field from Helena
, and on August 11th he assumed command of ‘all of Arkansas
north of Arkansas river
His military force included the infantry divisions of Col. W. E. McLean
and Gen. S. A. Rice
, present for duty, 4,493; cavalry under Gen. J. W. Davidson
and Colonel Clayton
, present for duty, 4,652; and artillery, total present for duty, 9,433; aggregate present, 13, 207.
The field artillery included 49 pieces.
With this strong force the Federal
movement began on August 11th, the infantry marching from Helena
by easy stages, with complete supply trains.
The estimate of Confederate troops present for duty in the district of Arkansas
, exclusive of Steele
's division, and not allowing for the losses at Helena
, was as follows: Price
's division, Arkansas
brigades of Fagan
, and Missouri
brigade of Parsons
, 5,500; Marmaduke
's Missouri division, 3,000; Frost
's brigade, 1,800; Dobbin
's and other commands, 900.
The return for September showed 8,532 present for duty; aggregate present, 10,665; field artillery, 32 pieces.
On April 1, 1863, General Frost
had been assigned to command of Hindman
On March 2d he was relieved and ordered to Day's Bluff to his brigade,1
and Gen. Sterling Price
was given the division.
In his orders assuming command, General Price
announced his staff as follows: Maj. Thos. L. Snead
and Maj. L. A. McLean
, assistant adjutant-generals
; Maj. Isaac Bunker