He summed up the result of the scout as ‘over 100 killed of the rebels, with a loss on our side of 2 killed and 3 wounded.’
He was twenty days in that remote but fertile region, which had been raided and foraged over by the soldiers of both sides since the summer of 1862.
The citizens had not dared to sleep in their own houses for a year or more, but took their bedclothing to the hollows and thickets, and there ‘slept out’ in the coldest of weather for fear of being murdered in their beds; and if found in these positions were shot down as ‘bushwhackers.’
These reports must magnify the number slaughtered, as, if summed up, they show the destruction of twice the whole population of those counties.
, of this expedition, moved across Judea (Judah
) mountains to the vicinity of Bellefonte
, and reported that his command alone ‘killed 15 or 20, and wounded several more.
Serviceable property captured by my regiment in this expedition has all been branded and memorandum taken of it.’
It doubtless consisted of cows, pet heifers, calves and poor old farm horses belonging to the old men and widows along the route of his raid; saddles, bridles, bedquilts and coverlets of the children, and children's clothing.
The natives had no ivory, palm oil, or ostrich feathers with which to render tribute to the doughty invaders.
The hero of this expedition was son of the Col
. John S. Phelps
, whom Mr. Lincoln
had just appointed governor of Arkansas
, as if it were one of the territories of the Union
's defenses of the Trans-Mississippi department extended from the Indian Territory
, through Arkansas
, to the Mississippi
, and down that stream to the mouth of Red river
; thence by the Atchafalaya bayou
to Berwick bay
, and thence along the Gulf coast
to the Rio Grande
His forces were collected at three points—those under Taylor
holding the lower Red river
on Matagorda peninsula
The immense transportation of the enemy enabled him