his fire without a casualty.
The command of Marmaduke
was now drawn up on the south edge of Prairie D'Ane, where he was reinforced by Colonel Gano
with 400 men (Indians
) and Lawther
had returned to the front and was camped in the prairie on the Camden
road, south side of the river, to rest his men. On the 7th the enemy advanced again, opposed by a part of Burbridge
's regiment, under Captain Porter
, which did not cross the prairie.
arrived at the front with Dockery
's brigades and Wood
's battalion, and took command.
was now up with his brigade, about 500 men. Cabell
's brigade was transferred to Fagan
On the 8th the enemy advanced, but did not drive Marmaduke
's command out of the timber on the northeast of the prairie.
's regiment was relieved from outpost duty by troops of Fagan
had caused breastworks of logs and small earthworks to be thrown up on the southeastern edge of the prairie, by which the enemy was deceived as to the real strength and the intention of the Confederates
Reinforced by Thayer
now attacked the Confederate
outposts, portions of Cabell
's brigade, of Dockery
's and Shelby
's. But Collins
' battery opened upon them, while the Confederates
, under fire of small-arms and sixteen pieces of artillery, held their position until ordered to retire.
That night, supposing Shelby
had withdrawn, the enemy again attacked with shot and shell, but were still confronted by Shelby
, until they were ordered to fall back to the Confederate
position at the mimic breastworks.
had now reached the junction of three roads leading southward, one to Washington
, one to Louisville
on Red river
, and one to Camden
on the Ouachita
It was disclosed that his intention was to fall back on Camden
His vacillation and hesitation were puzzling to the Confederates
On the 12th he drew up his whole force in line of battle on the prairie in front of the Confederate