SALINE TERRITORY, AR. 1864
Copied from a Special Edition of "THE MERRY GREEN PRESS"
SALINE TERRITORY, AR 1864 - GALLANTRY NOTED
"Sgt. David McCullough, Co. A, Ark. Inf., CSA. - when my line of skirmishers was ordered to advance as near as possible to the enemy's line, with a view to draw their fire, rushed up to within a few yard of their line shot down one man, captured another, and brought him off under the enemy's fire." Col. R. G. Shaver
"Capt. Dickson of Co.A - seeing the color-bearer shot down, gallantly raised the colors and kept them up until he was cut down by three balls." Lt. Col. T. D. Thomson, 33rd Ark. Inf., CSA.
"Maj. W. W. Dunlap, chief of artillery; Maj. H. M. Clark, assistant inspector-general; Lieut. A. H. Sevier, acting assistant adjutant general; Capt. J. L. Thomas paymaster; Col. John W. Polk, Capt. C. E. Royston, and Capt. C. J. Hanks - behaved with distinguished gallantry, were alike reckless of like and danger and seemed rather to court death than to avoid it." Brig. Gen. T. J. Churchill, CSA.
"Confederate Lieuts. Celsus Price and B. F. Scull and my orderly Private D. Kavenaugh particularly distinguished themselves at Jenkins' Ferry by responding with alacrity to a call for volunteers to reconnoiter the enemy's position, riding up to their ranks and receiving a heavy volley, which disclosed the Federal lines, but unfortunately took effect upon Lieut. Scull, fracturing his leg which was afterward amputated." Maj. Gen. Sterling Price, CSA.
"Capt. Alexander Rush, 2nd Reg. Kansas Colored Infantry, whom a truer or braver officer never lived, fell, pierced through the head by a musket-ball while gallantly leading his company into the battle. Sgt. John P. Mosley and Pvt. George R. Benedict, 13th Kansas Infantry, both wounded. No praise in the respect would sufficiently do justice to their heroic conduct." Col. S. J. Crawford, 2nd Kansas Colored Inf.
"Lieut. Baird was wounded, while fearlessly doing his duty in the hottest of the fight. My color-bearer, Mortimer W. Nelson, as brave a man as ever bore a flag, was shot in the shoulder and fell. Out of four, two color guards, Corporals Davis and Bare, fell severely wounded, and I regret to say Davis was left on the field. Lieutenant Amos, Capt. Jordan, Capt. Sennet, and Lieut. Christie found with the cool determination of veterans. One noble sergeant, Simmons, of Co.H, shot in the breast, when his lieutenant told him the enemy was beaten, waved his hand and died with a smile." Col. John A. Garrett, 40th Iowa Inf. Volunteers
"Too much praise cannot be accorded those men who drove the enemy's center a half mile after all support had given way. When all acted so gallantly it is difficult, if not impossible to point out particular instances. Colonel Davie, Lieutenant-Colonel Brooks, and Lieutenant Colonel Hicks, commanding regiments, did their whole duty, urging their men forward in the advance and rallying them when driven back. In this they were faithfully assisted by Major Hathaway, of Davie's regiment; Major Stanley, Yells regiment; and Captain Anthony, acting lieutenant colonel, and Captain Montell, acting major, Gause's regiment. Major Stanley and Captain Anthony were both wounded, the latter severly. I am particularly indebted to Lieutenant Smither, volunteer aide, for valuable services on the march from Camden and during the engagement. He was conspicuoous for his gallantry, every ready and prompt to execute orders, and deserves particular mention. I desire also to mention Captain Carter, acting assistant adjutant-general; Lieutenants Ross, assistant Adjutant and inspector-general, and Leroy Burrow, acting aide-de-camp, of my staff, for the promptness and energy with which they discharged their several duties. My loss is 16 killed and 67 wounded, as will be seen by reference to a report forwarded herewith. Among the killed are the gallant Captain McIver, Lieutenants Cude, Lasiter and Ponder, all of whom fell bravely leading the men in the charge. Their loss is sad and an almost irreparable blow to their command. Braver or truer men never fell in any battle. About 2 p.m. I withdrew my brigade from the field and bivouacked on the hill on the Princeton Road, and marched thence to this place. Respectfully submitted." Col. L.C. Gause, 32nd Ark. Inf. CSA.
"Feeling that it would be invidious to make any distinction between the commanding officers of regiments, assisted by their other field officers, in valor, skill, and efficiency on the field, I will say that they did everything that could be expected from them. Considering the well-earned laurels they have gathered upon other battlefields, I think I pay them the greatest compliment when I say they sustained that reputation. Lieutenant-Colonel Smizer, of the Eight Missouri Infantry, was wounded while gallantly discharging his duty.
Captain Ruffner's battery was left on the hill when we first formed to await my orders. Receiving an order from one of General Smith's staff to send a section, which was unfortunately, captured by the enemy. Having no knowledge of the circumstances and the order of putting him in action, I attach his report for your consideration.
My staff discharged their duty, Lieutenant Von Phul, aide-de-camp, receiving a wound on the arm and chest, Lieutenant Waldo having his horse severely wounded. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant." Brig. Gen. John B. Clark, Jr., CSA.
"I beg to make favorable mention of Col. William M. Moore, commanding Tenth Missouri Infantry. This gallant officer was severely wounded near the close of the action while at his post encouraging his men, and refused to quit the field until ordered by me to do so. Lieut. Co. Simon Harris, of the same regiment, was instantly killed while bravely [engaged] in the discharge of his duty. The army has not been called to mourn the loss of a more gallant or efficient officer nor the country a more disinterested patriot and citizen than Simon Harris. Endeared to all who knew him, his memory is enshrined in the hearts of his comrades in arms. His loss to the country is irreparable. Major Magoffin efficently commanded the regiment after the command devolved upon him. Lieut. Cols. P.W.H. Cumming and Thomas H. Murray, commanding, respectively, the Sixteenth and Eleventh Missouri Regiments of Infantry. deserve the highest praise for their gallant bearing on the field and the ability which they displayed in handling their commands in action. Maj. L.A. Pindall, commanding battalion of sharpshooters, was conspicuous for coolness and courage. The ability which he displayed in the management of his command during the action marks him an officer of the highest merit. The battalion of sharpshooters deserve especial merit for the sturdy and unwavering courage displayed by them on the battlefield. Capt. A.A. Lesueur, commanding Missouri Light Battery, belonging to this brigade, was detached from my command at the beginning of the engagement and ordered to report to Brigadier-General Marmaduke, commanding cavalry. He rendered efficent service with his battery on another portion of the field. I desire to return my thanks to Lieut. Samuel M. Morrison, acting assistant adjutant-general of the brigade, and Lieut. H. Buford Armistead, my aide-de-camp. The zeal and intelligence with they exhibited in carrying and delivering my orders, and their gallant bearing in the face of the enemy, renders honorable mention of them but an act of justice. My entire loss in the engagement was 10 killed and 50 wounded." Col. S.P. Burns, 2nd Missouri Brigade CSA.
"The serious loss in officers and men, the fall of the gallant and daring Scurry and Randal, the only general officers from Texas, save myself, on the field, fully sustain the well-earned reputation of the troops from that State. I would specially commend the conduct of Col. Overton Young, commanding the Eighth [Twelfth] Regiment Texas Infantry; as at Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, he behaved with much fitness for command. Severely wounded, his loss would be a great one to the service should he be unable to again take the field. I earnestly recommend him for promotion. Colonel Watson, a brave and excellent officer, commanding the Eighteenth Regiment Texas Infantry, was killed while gallantly leading his men. It is with great satisfaction that I acknowledge my indebtedness to Col. Washington L. Crawford, of Texas, on the staff of Major General Price, who after his command had been withdrawn tendered me his services. He proved himself a cool, daring, active, and efficient officer by promptly extending my orders and watching and penetrating the designs of the enemy. Surg. Edward Randall, brigade surgeon, a most skillful, attentive and active officer, was severely wounded in the commencement of the action. Capt. Adolph King, assistant adjutant general, and Capt. Robert Brodnax, aide-de-camp performed their several duties with their usual zeal and ability, the highest encomium they can receive. Indeed, the conduct of officers and men fully sustained the character their former behavior won for them, with the additional advantages that experience has brought of being calm, cool and collected, the officers devoting themselves to the all important duty of holding their men in hand and subject to control. I have the honor to be, very respectlly, your obedient servant." Brig. Gen. T. N. Waul, CSA.
"While all the commanding officers performed their duty well, I cannot refrain from noticing the action of Lieutenant Gillespie, Twelfth Battalion Sharpshooters, commanding detachment on the field. For activity and daring he was particularly conspicuous, and I would respectfully urge that promotion could not be bestowed upon a more worthy or efficient officer. Captain Franklin, First Battalion Dismounted Cavalry, commanding a company, deserves the highest praise for his conduct. Indeed, all my commanders did well. All honor is due my adjuant, Thomas H. Simms, for his bearing and efficiency on the field, being found at all times where duty called him, regardless of danger, I cannot close this report without offering my thanks to Lieutenant Cunningham, aide-de-camp to General Smith, for the valuable services rendered me. Cool and collected, he rode in front of my line seeking favorable positions and ascertaining the whereabouts of the enemy, urging and encouraging my men to deeds of daring. Indeed, I attribute my success in a great degree to his skill and good judgement, and feel that I was extremely fortunate in having the services of so brave and skillful an officer." Lieut. Co. H.G.P. Williams, Dockery's Brigade, CSA.
"My casualties are 28 killed, 124 wounded and 6 missing. Among the killed was Lieut. Col. Simon Harris, of the Tenth Missouri, who fell while gallantly cheering on his regiment. In his fall the country has lost a brave and accomplished officer. Brig. Gen. John B. Clark was wounded in the arm while leading his brigade with his accustomed skill and daring. Colonel Burnes, commanding the Second Brigade, is entitled to an honorable mention by me for the good judgement, coolness, and courage with which he handled his brigade.Officers and men all are entitled to the thanks and admiration of their country for their patient endurance and energy in their pursuit, and for their firmness and valor in the battle which routed the enemy at Jenkins' Ferry. Officers of my staff-Major Maclean, Captain Kelly, and Captain Edwards-were with me on the field. their energy, courage, and experience greatly contributed to the success of the day." Brig. Gen. Mosby M. Parsons, CSA.
Grant County Museum in Sheridan, Arkansas printed in observance of the 125th Anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Jenkins' Ferry that was fought April 29-30th, 1864 in what was then Hot Springs and Saline County Territory...later incorporated into Grant County in 1869.
The above information may be used for non-commercial historical and genealogical purposes only and with the consent of the page owner may be copied for the same purposes so long as this notice remains a part of the copied material. EDWARD G. GERDES
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