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Arkansas Post.

Zzzits fall, January 11, 1863.

Report of Colonel R. R. Garland, commanding 1st Brigade, Army of Lower Arkansas and White River.

The following, in the handwriting of the gallant Colonel Garland, has been kindly furnished by his son, Mr. Walter Garland, Baltimore, Maryland. Colonel Garland was a member of the well-known Virginia family of the name:

Camp Chase, Ohio, April I, 1863.
I have the honor to submit the following report of the ‘First Brigade,’ Army of Lower Arkansas and White River, in the action at Arkansas Post, on the 10th and 11th of January, 1863:

The brigade was composed of the 6th Texas infantry, Lieutenant-Colonel Anderson, commanding, commanders 27, enlisted 515, aggregate 542; 24th Texas Cavalry (dismounted), Colonel Wilks, commanders 41, enlisted 546, aggregate 587; Arkansas Light Battery (6 guns), Captain Hart, commanders 4, enlisted 79, aggregate 83; Missouri Cavalry, Captain Denson, commanders 2, enlisted 31, aggregate 33. Total present, Friday evening, January 9th, 1863: commanders 107, enlisted 1,690, aggregate 1,797.

Late in the afternoon of Friday, the 9th, I received orders to proceed with my command to the rifle pits, a mile and a quarter below the fort. On arriving there a little after dark, the following disposition was made of the brigade, viz: Five companies of infantry, under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Swearengen, 24th Texas (dismounted) Cavalry, and Major Phillips' 6th Texas Infantry, were ordered to take position several hundred yards in front of the rifle pits, deployed as skirmishers. Hart's Battery on the right of the line of rifle pits, the rest of the brigade was held in reserve several hundred yards in rear of the line of rifle pits, occupied by the 2d and 3d brigades.

Denson's Cavalry was detached throughout the action. This ordered, was maintained with slight exceptions, whilst we held this position.

Saturday, the 10th, about 8 o'clock A. M., the enemy's gunboats commenced shelling our position and continued to do so until we

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