as a picnic.
The lands of that region are productive, and the yield of various grains afforded subsistence sufficient as yet. General Marmaduke
, in command of cavalry at Rockport
, between Arkadelphia
and Little Rock
, September 14th, reported no enemy in pursuit, but could not say how long it would be before he would be forced from his position there.
He was sending scouts in the direction of Pine Bluff
, Little Rock
and Hot Springs
While the army was near Arkadelphia
, General Cabell
obtained leave of absence, and the command of his brigade devolved upon Col. J. C. Monroe
. Major Harrell
was ordered to Carroll county, Ark.
, the Missouri
border, and, making day-and-night marches, he forded the Arkansas
early in October.
Encountering a small force of Federals, he routed them and proceeded up the Mulberry
to the head of the Buffalo
, crossing over to King
's river in Madison county
There he formed a junction with a considerable force of Confederate cavalry under Col. W. H. Brooks
, who had obtained a transfer from his infantry brigade in Fagan
's division, with authority to raise a cavalry brigade in Washington
and adjoining counties.
Two companies being added (Peel
's and Ingraham
's) to Harrell
's battalion, a reorganization was ordered by Colonel Brooks
, at which Major Harrell
was elected lieutenant-colonel of the battalion.
He was ordered to scout through Carroll county
to Sugar Loaf
, and in Missouri
beyond White river
He drove out the Missouri
militia, captured prisoners and horses, and rejoined Colonel Brooks
at a later date, on Frog bayou
, in Crawford county
, after the evacuation of Little Rock
, with the hope of recruiting his brigade of Missourians, obtained permission to go on an expedition into Missouri
, and crossing the Arkansas
, September 27th, marched by way of Huntsville
beyond the Wire
road near Sugar creek
After a raid of considerable range and some fighting nearly every day, he returned to Cross Hollows