road in front of the city.
By this route Steele
reached the river September 7th, his advance skirmishing sharply.
His plan was to follow up the south bank and enter the city from the east and south, attacking the Confederates
in their right flank and rear.
He had pontoons, which were convenient but not necessary, as the Arkansas river
was then very low. From Terry
's ferry, besides the road leading to the city along the river front, a second road runs along the Fourche bayou
, which flows from the southern suburb of the city into the river, 4 miles below.
was to occupy both roads, but throw his force into the Fourche
road, while Steele
, with the infantry, would proceed along the north bank of the Arkansas
to the city's front.
There was a loop in the river at Terry
's ferry on the river below, enclosing several hundred acres, connected with the mainland by a neck or isthmus, not over 500 yards across.
By sweeping this neck with artillery, Davidson
was enabled to cross over to the peninsula without resistance.
's plantation was opposite this peninsula on the north bank.
The land in the peninsula was owned by Mrs. Harrell
On August 31st General Price
ordered General Walker
to move his headquarters south of the river, and concentrate all the cavalry south of the river and east of the city.
For an account of the subsequent operations, we return to the report of Colonel Newton
, who, after discovering that the enemy had crossed Bayou Meto
at Shallow ford
, remained in camp at Hicks
' on August 31st and September 1st, skirmishing with the Federal
pickets between Ashley's mills and Terry
's ferry, September 3d and 4th; and on the road to Little Rock
north of the river, September 5th and 6th.
About dark [September 6th] I received an order from General Price's headquarters, directing Colonel Dobbin to assume command of Walker's division, and for me to assume command of Dobbin's brigade.