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n the twenty-third of August, 1863. The Department of the Navy regretted the necessity of this action in the case of Acting Ensign Walters, inasmuch as the Court report that during the attack he acted with bravery and to the best of his ability, and which, in some measure, relieves his want of precaution against surprise from its otherwise inexcusable character, and shows that his failure to take them proceeded more from inexperience than negligence. --General Orders No. 24. At Little Rock, Ark., a large Union meeting was held, at which the restoration of State rights under the old Government was advocated, and a great number of persons took the oath of allegiance and enrolled themselves for home defence.--English rebel blockade-runner steamer Banshee, was captured by the United States steamers Delaware and Fulton, off Wilmington, North-Carolina. The steamer Black Hawk, when about half a mile below Red River Landing, on the Mississippi River, was fired into from the east
January 8. David O. Dodd, charged with being a rebel spy, was executed this afternoon, in front of St. John's College, at Little Rock, Arkansas.--General John Morgan held a reception at Richmond, Va. Judge Moore, of Kentucky, in a speech on the occasion, spoke of the worth of General Morgan, and the great credit with which he had served his country. He was now receiving the grateful testimony of the mother of States. He said that Morgan and other Kentuckians who were battling for the liberties of the South, would not sheathe their swords until her liberty was achieved. Despite the thraldom in which Kentucky was held, the muster-rolls of the army showed that forty-nine thousand of her sons had joined their fortunes with ours, and this, despite the fact that the heel of the tyrant was on her neck. He knew the sentiment of the people there — they would be found with the South. The Yankees have desolated her homes and murdered her people. Kentucky never will join her fortunes
February 29. Major-General Fred. Steele, from his headquarters at Little Rock, issued an address to the people of Arkansas, announcing the initiation of proceedings for the restoration of the civil law, and the establishment of order throughout the State.--the schooner Rebel, while attempting to run the blockade, was captured by the National bark Roebuck, off Indian River, Florida.--the rebel schooners Stingray and John Douglass, when off Velasco, Texas, were captured by the Union gunboat Penobscot. The schooners Camilla and Cassie Holt, laden with cotton, were captured by the National vessel Virginia, off San Luis Pass.
March 23. An expedition under the command of General Steele left Little Rock, Ark., and went in pursuit of the rebel General Price.--the following order was issued by Brigadier General Nathan Kimball on assuming command of troops in the department of Arkansas: The Commanding General intends to protect, to the fullest extent of his power, all citizens who may be in the country occupied by troops under his command, in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; knowing that in so doing he will assist in accomplishing the primary object of the government he serves. He will devote all his energies to the defeat of the enemies of that government; and although, as a soldier, he can feel respect for those openly in arms against it, yet robbers and guerrillas who have taken advantage of the unsettled state of the country to burn dwellings, murder their neighbors, and insult women, are in no respect soldiers, and when taken will not be treated as such. He r
March 29. An expedition under Colonel Clayton, from Pine Bluff; made a descent upon a party of rebels who had been committing depredations in the neighborhood of Little Rock, Ark., and captured a large number of them.--the following order was issued by J. P. Sanderson, Provost-Marshal General of the department of the Missouri, from his headquarters at St. Louis: The sale, distribution, or circulation of such books as Pollard's Southern History of the War, Confederate Official Reports, Life of Stonewall Jackson, Adventures of Morgan and his Men, and all other publications based upon rebel views and representations, being forbidden by the General Commanding, will be suppressed by Provost-Marshals, by seizing the same, and arresting the parties who knowingly sell, dispose, or circulate the same. A battle took place this day at Cane River, La., between a portion of the National forces under General Banks, engaged on the expedition up the Red River, and the rebels commanded by
April 26. General Steele evacuated Camden, Arkansas, and commenced his march to Little Rock, on account of a want of supplies.--(Doc. 130.)
Indiana cavalry, Helena, July 6, 1863. M. W. Benjamin, A. A. A. G., Headquarters Colonel Clayton, Commanding Cavalry Brigade, Helena, Arkansas: sir: In obedience to orders, I herewith transmit a list of killed and wounded of my command, First Indiana cavalry, together with a statement of the part the regiment took in the attack on Helena on the fourth of July, 1863. A little before four o'clock on the morning of the fourth of July, two messengers came in from the picket-post on the Little Rock road, bringing word that the enemy were advancing, driving in the pickets before them. I immediately ordered the bugle to sound to horse, and, forming the regiment, moved up the levee near town, and awaited orders. Soon received orders from you, through your Adjutant, to move tents and baggage within the line of fortifications as rapidly as possible, leaving part of the command to guard the train, and with the rest to form line of battle behind the Fifth Kansas, which was already draw
to the left reach the Arkansas River below Little Rock, and, moving up, assault the enemy's works rkansas, eight miles in a direct line below Little Rock. The enemy was not seen until within threeossed the river and dashed immediately upon Little Rock. But with only two regiments, and in ignore river, and move with the whole force upon Little Rock at once. This plan was open to the very sehe Arkansas, and a grim old sixty-four near Little Rock thundering in response, shells shrieking thto which our sudden appearance precipitated Little Rock. The streets were filled with women and. c the bridges were not yet passable, entered Little Rock soon after General Davidson. The greeting g Price having been driven from the town of Little Rock, and it having been duly surrendered by theDavidson, Brigadier-General Commanding. Little Rock has been long considered as a Union city, aring a city than was ours upon its entry of Little Rock. Instead of a warm, cordial welcome from t[7 more...]
of the river. Duvall's Bluff was a more healthy location, and the route to Little Rock possessed many advantages over the other as a line of operations. I therefoeligible point, throw his division across the Arkansas, and move directly on Little Rock, threatening the enemy's right flank and rear, while I moved with the rest obreast on either side of the Arkansas. Volumes of smoke in the direction of Little Rock indicated to us that the rebels had evacuated their works on the north side a number of prisoners and causing the enemy to destroy part of his train. Little Rock was formally surrendered by the municipal authorities on the evening of the he operations of my division on the tenth instant--the day of the capture of Little Rock. The plan agreed upon by Major-General Steele, the preceding day, was, thition was met by my division until we reached Fourche Bayou, five miles from Little Rock. Here we found the enemy, consisting of Marmaduke's cavalry, dismounted, an
e desolation of the secession mania. The town of Fort Smith once flourished, and was growing rapidly in business and wealth. Its present stagnation in industry, and the dilapidations everywhere visible along its streets — the stoppage of the Overland Mail, the destruction of the telegraph, and the utter and total emptiness of its warehouses and storerooms, are the legitimate products of a senseless and fanatic rebellion that has held dominion here ever since the madcaps in convention at Little Rock wrested Arkansas from the beneficent fraternity of the Federal Union. No Federal force had ever been here since the withdrawal of Captain Sturgis, until the entrance of the Army of the Frontier on the first of the present month. No part, therefore, of the destruction of property and business, and destitution and misery of the people, can be charged to the presence of the Federal army. Therebs had it all their own way; and a sorry way it was indeed — calico per yard, five dollars; a pai
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