Report of Lieut. Col. J.F. Davies, Davies Missouri Battalion, commanding Seventh Missouri Cavalry and Davies Battalion.
Camp on Red River, December 12, 1864
COLONEL: The following report is as accurate as it is possible for me to make it, having lost all our regimental papers. You will herewith find a report of the raid in Missouri , as follows:
On the 27th of August the Seventh Regiment of Missouri Cavalry with the remainder of Clark’s brigade left Mount Elba, on the Saline River, and marched twenty miles; camped at Hagen’s Mills. 28th , marched twenty miles and camped at Stony Point. 29th, marched 16 miles and camped two miles south of Princeton. Here we turned all our wagons over but two. 30th, left Camp Princeton; marched ten miles and camped near Tulip. 31st marched twenty-five miles.
September 1, marched seventeen miles. 2d, sixteen miles, marched, fifteen miles. 4th crossed the Forest Mountain and marched eighteen miles. 5th, this day we are rear guard; our road was very bad; did not reach camp until 12 o’clock in the night, having marched twenty miles. 6th, left camp at daylight; this day we crossed Arkansas River at Dardanelle and encamped on the north side of the river, having marched fourteen miles.
7th, marched 7 miles and encamped on Illinois
Bayou. 8th, passed through Dover and encamped having marched twenty-three
miles. 9th, marched twenty miles. 10th, marched twenty-five miles. 11th,
marched twelve miles. 12th, this day we crossed White River Mountain; no
water; marched thirty-three miles. 13th, remained in camp. 14th, marched
eighteen miles. 15th, marched to Strawberry River; twenty-one miles. 16th,
remained in camp. 17th, marched twenty-two miles and camped at Spring River.
18th, left camp on Spring River and marched to Pocahontas, thirteen miles,
and commenced crossing Black River at 10 o’clock at night. By daylight
we had crossed everything and marched three miles and camped. 19th, marched
fifteen miles. 20th marched twenty-five miles and crossed the Missouri
line. 21st, marched twenty five miles and camped at Poplar Bluff. 22nd
marched eighteen miles. 23rd, marched twenty-two miles and camped at Bollinger’s
Mills, on Castor. 24th, started on scout with Colonel Jeffers’ regiment(Colonel
Jeffers commanding), and marched to old Jackson, where we took the enemy
by surprise. We reached Old Jackson just before sundown, having marched
forty miles. We killed two and captured 13 prisoners and 25 horses. 25th,
marched twenty-five miles and camped at Patton. 26th, marched thirty miles,
passing through Fredericktown. 27th, marched twelve miles to Pilot Knob.
Our regiment was guard for train while the fight was going on at that place.
27th (28th), Federals evacuated Pilot Knob at 4 a.m. 28th and 29th, in
pursuit of the enemy; marched thirty miles. 30th, marched thirty miles
and camped at Sullivan’s Station, on the southwest branch of the
October 1, marched twenty-five miles
to Union, where we had a skirmish with the enemy. 2d, marched twenty-five
miles and camped at Washington. 3d, marched twenty-five miles and camped
at Hermann. This town we captured after a short fight. 4th, marched twenty-five
miles. 5th marched twenty-five miles on a scout. 6th, marched twenty-five
miles and camped near Linn. 7th, marched twenty-five miles and camped within
sight of the enemies camp-fires at Jefferson City. Considerable fighting
going on during this day.. 8th marched fifteen miles and camped at Russellville.
9th, this day we had a fight at New California. Pratt’s (Hynson’s) battery
and this regiment were all that were engaged. 10th, marched twenty miles
and camped at Boonville.
We were ordered out; the enemy had gained the position we were to occupy. We were ordered to dismount. We did so and soon drove the enemy, and lay in line of battle during the remainder of the evening.. 12th, we lay in line of battle last night and all this day until 4 o’clock, when we were ordered back to camp, and at 8’oclock we were again on the road.. We marched all night and only travelled twelve miles, camped, fed, and cooked breakfast. 13th we were sent on pickett; relieved in the evening. This day we marched sixteen miles. 14th, left camp at daylight and marched to Arrow Rock, sixteen ,miles. At this place we crossed the Missouri River (Clark’s Brigade and Jackman’s only}. It took us until midnight to cross. We then moved in the direction of Glasgow, distant sixteen miles. At daylight we could hear heavy cannonading, which later proved to be Genl Shelby from the south side of the river. At sunrise we attacked the enemy at the suburbs of the town and soon drove them into their fortifications. Finding it impossible to escape us he surrendered at 1 p.m. Here we captured between 700 and 900 and about 2,000 stand of small- arms. 16th, recrossed the Missouri, which took us all night. 17th, left the river at 1 o’clock and marched twenty miles in the direction of Waverly. 19th, passed through Dover and camped near Lexington, having marched twenty miles. This night we were ordered to the front and lay in line of battle until midnight. Marched in the direction of Independence fifteen miles on the 20th. 21st, marched to Littlle Blue, where the enemy tried to stay our progress, but after a very severe fight we drove the enemy and followed him to Independence, where we camped, having marched twenty-four miles; seven miles of this distance we marched on foot. In this fight Davies battalion, attached to this regiment, behaved very gallantly; saved one piece of Pratt’s (Hynson’s) battery, and driving the enemy from his position. 22d. this day a force under General Rosecrans attacked us in our rear. Here we fought until 10 p.m. and held the enemy in check, then fell back about ten miles. 23rd, at sunrise we were in line of battle, as the enemy was fighting our pickets. At this place (Big Blue) we had a short and bloody fight and were compelled to fall back. Here Colonel Kitchen was wounded. At 2 p.m. the enemy tried to capture our trainby a flank movement on our left, but were driven back after a short skirmish. We fell back twenty miles and camped. 24th, marched thirty five miles. 25th, this day the enemy attacked us about 9 o’clock, but Pratt’s (Hynson’s) battery did such good execution that the enemy were compelled to fall back. About 10 a.m. he again attacked us in force.. After a short engagement the command on our right, being flanked by the enemy, gave way; then the left gave way also, leaving the center to receive the enemy’s charge, and being overpowered were compelled to seek safety in flight. The scattered forces were shortly rallied and at 4 p.m. we again met the enemy. This time we drove the enemy and in turn were driven by him, but held our ground and fell back at sundown and marched until 1 a.m. . Here we burned our trains, having marched thirty miles. We marched again at 2 a.m. 26th, this day we marched sixty-two miles and camped near Carthage. The enemy was in our rear all day.. 27th, marched twenty miles. 27th, this day Shelby fought the enemy back . This day we marched twenty-seven miles. 29th, crossed the corner of Arkansas and camped in Cherokee Nation. Marched this day 30 miles. 30th, marched fifteen miles . 31st, sixteen miles.
November 1, marched nineteen miles and camped at Cane Hill; got forage for our horses- the first in five days. Here we remained until the 4th, when we marched 12 miles and camped in the nation. 5th, twenty miles. 6th, eighteen miles. 7th crossed Arkansas River and camped two miles south, having marched six miles. 8th, marched twelve miles. 9th, fifteen miles, `10th, fifteen miles. 11th, seventeen miles. 12th, fifteen miles. 13th, eighteen miles and camped near Perryville.Here we received half a pound of flour to the man—the first that we received in twenty-two days. 14th , remained in camp. 15th, marched sixteen miles. 16th, eight miles. 17th, marched twenty-six miles and camped at Boggy Depot. 18th, remained in camp. 19th, marched fifteen miles. 20th, fourteen miles. 20th, fourteen miles. 21st, twenty-three miles; crossed Red River and camped in Texas.Here we drew forage for our horses—the first we received since we left Cane Hill, being seventeen days. Here we drew fullo rations of flour. 22nd, marched seventeen miles . 23rd, remained in camp. 24th, marched twelve miles. 23rd remained in camp. 24th, marched 12 miles. 25th twenty-one miles. 26th, seventeen miles. 27th, fifteen miles. 28th, camped at Clarksville, having marched twelve miles. 29th and 30th, remained in Clarksville.
December 1, marched sixteen miles in direction of Laynesport. 2d, marched fourteen miles and camped near mouth of Mill Creek. 3d, crossed Red River at Laynesport and camped on north side of Red River, having marched seventeen miles. 4th, marched down Red River ten miles and camped near Cressville, at which camp we have remained to the present time.
Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Seventh Regiment of Missouri Cavalry.
Special report of the killed, wounded, and
missing of the Seventh Regiment of Missouri
Cavalry while on the raid in Missouri.
Killed Wounded and missing during raid
Where When Off Men Off Men Off Men Off Men
Stampede on the prairie
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