arrival at my new line of battle, I made all necessary preparations to check the enemy's advance.
This was an important point, and absolutely necessary to hold, as Walker's brigade, troops and trains, would come into the main road at this place, and they had not yet reached the junction.
The enemy came upon me, and were handsomely repulsed.
They then commenced pushing their forces on my right and left, which forced me to retire.
No further pursuit was made.
I received orders to encamp my division on and in the vicinity of Bayou Meto.
The next day I withdrew my whole force, except scouts and pickets, to the south side of Bayou Meto.
On the morning of the 27th, I advanced a light force, engaged the enemy's advance, and after brisk skirmishing my troops fell back to the main force.
My troops were disposed as follows: Shelby's brigade . . . in line of battle above the bridge; Marmaduke's brigade . . . below the bridge; Bledsoe's battery on the main road commanding the bridge, and Bell's section of artillery near the main road below the bridge. . . .Immediately below the bridge, and between my two brigades, was formed Dobbin's regiment.
The whole force, except Preston's regiment [in reserve], was dismounted.
Davidson advanced his troops—cavalry and artillery, a part mounted, part dismounted—and came dashing toward the bridge (which Lieutenant Moon, of the engineer corps, had prepared for, and was now handsomely burning) and toward the bayou.
Suddenly, artillery and small arms opened upon them with deadly effect, and caused a precipitate retreat.
Soon the enemy formed their lines, brought up their artillery, and the fight continued until sunset, when the enemy, failing to occupy the bayou, retired after a heavy loss, leaving a number of their dead on the ground.
I was ordered to retire at dark within 5 miles of Little Rock.
My troops, until after the evacuation of Little Rock by our forces, were engaged in scouting and picketing.
The following report by Col. R. C. Newton
, Fifth Arkansas cavalry, will perpetuate names of places and positions, and will be of especial interest to Arkansans.
The officer was a native of Little Rock
, and familiar with the country and the names of the inhabitants:
The engagement at Brownsville occurred on the 25th