Ballos, quartermaster—and Captain Hughey, with his officers and men, deserve especial mention for gallantry.
The Ouachita river, from Camden down, is like an estuary from the sea. The largest steamboats from New Orleans ply to Camden.
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General Fagan moved, on the morning of April 22d, from the vicinity of Camden on the road down the west bank of the Ouachita to Eldorado landing, where a pontoon bridge had been laid, over which the troops crossed, and early the next day he procieces of artillery, and a proper proportion of cavalry. . . . Scouting parties had gone up and down the east bank of the Ouachita for 30 miles, before it started, and no evidence of the enemy was seen.
had departed from Camden and was on the road torses, mules, etc., to be taken to the rear.
A strong force was necessary for the safe passage to the south bank of the Ouachita of these prisoners and property.
This, with my loss in the fight, reduced my force near 1,500 men. It was night before