re in regard to the ultimate object of the expedition.
Suffice it to know that General Blunt had information that a brigade of Texas cavalry, under command of Colonel Crump, was encamped at Dripping Springs, eight miles north of Van Buren, and that he wished to capture them or break up their camp.
He was also informed that largeobably reach Van Buren about the time he calculated we would get there.
If we could capture and destroy those supplies and steamboats, and capture or break up Colonel Crump's camp it would of course cripple the rebel army in Arkansas to a very great extent,besides it would add to its demoralization, which was already great since tmeantime Gen. Blunt, who had kept up with us, sent back an order for the artillery and infantry to move forward with a quick ,step.
The enemy, under command of Col. Crump, of a Texas cavalry regiment, were encamped along the north side of a hill, and immediately north of their camp were several fields with intermediate spaces cov