On March 22d Cabell
's brigade marched to Tate
's bluff, at the meeting of the Little Missouri
and Ouachita rivers
, to which place General Marmaduke
marched with Greene
's brigade and a section of Blocher
's battery, under Lieutenant Zimmerman
were ordered to operate against the enemy's front, while Shelby
marched directly in his rear.
Harassed by detachments of cavalry sent against him by Marmaduke
got into the positions assigned them.
April 1st, Steele
, after waiting at Arkadelphia
a few days, marched on the old military road toward Washington
, and Shelby
the same evening, capturing some stragglers.
had moved to Antoine creek
, 18 miles west of Arkadelphia
, and in several fights with the detachments of the enemy seeking forage, drove them back on his main body.
encamped the night of April 1st at Arkadelphia
's rear, Cabell
on Antoine creek
in his front.
Before daylight on the morning of the 2d, Marmaduke
, with Greene
's column, formed a junction with Cabell
's brigade on the military road to Washington
, three miles south of the Little Missouri, at Cottingham
's store in Spoonville.
West of Arkadelphia
is a good road which turns to the right, leading north from the military road to Okolona
's ferry, across the Little Missouri.
Fearing the enemy might take that road and occupy Elkin
's ferry, General Marmaduke
's regiment, Fayth
's battalion and a section of Hughey
's battery of Cabell
's brigade at the Antoine as a rear-guard, and withdrew the other commands of Cabell
's brigade to Cottingham
's, where they could reinforce Monroe
or prevent the crossing of the Little Missouri at any of the fords below the military road.
It was Colonel Salomon
's regiment (Ninth Wisconsin) and Benton