Battles & Leaders of the Civil War
THE CONQUEST OF ARKANSAS.
UNION CAVALRYMAN--THE WATER-CALL.
THE CONQUEST OF ARKANSAS. #BY COLONEL THOMAS L. SNEAD.
I HAVE already sketched in this work the chief events of the war west of the Mississippi, down to the defeat of Van Dorn and Price by Curtis, in the battle of Elkhorn [see Vol. I., p. 263], and the withdrawal of the Confederate forces to Des Arc, whither boats were to be sent by Beauregard to transport them to Memphis.
Until Van Dorn returned to Des Arc, on April 5th, it was not generally known that the Trans- Mississippi army was to be sent across the river, and that Missouri and Arkansas were to be abandoned to the enemy. The governors of both of these States protested earnestly against the movement, and the troops themselves manifested the greatest unwillingness to leave their homes in possession of the enemy, while they should go far away to fight for others. But Van Dorn assured them that they were to be brought back to Arkansas as soon as the impending battle on the Tennessee had been
See also "Naval Operations in the Vicksburg Campaign," to follow.--EDITORS.