War of the Rebellion: Serial 019 Page 0173 Chapter XXV. EXPEDITION FROM HELENA, ARK., ETC.

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hour whether Porter will return north, continue south, or remain on Salt River. I go to florida at once with 100 men. I would suggest that a force 300 strong be sent out to Florida at once.



Major Third Iowa Cavalry.

Colonel LEWIS MERRILL, Saint Louis, Mo.

JULY 23, 1862.- Skirmish on the Blackwater, near Columbus, Mo.

Report of Colonel Daniel Huston, jr., Seventh Missouri Cavalry.


Lexington, Mo., July 23 [24], 1862.

SIR: I have the honor to report that a detachment of the Seventh Cavalry, under command of Lieutenant Dewolf, sent from this post, in conformity with Special Orders, Numbers 12, from these headquarters, had a skirmish fight yesterday with a band of guerrillas on the Blackwater, near Columbus, in which 4 of the miscreants were killed and 8 or 10 wounded; 13 horses, 10 guns, and 6 pistols, besides a quantity of ammunition, taken.

On our side 1 man was severely wounded in the arm, 1 horses killed, and 3 horses slightly wounded.

The guerrillas were pursued about 5 miles, when darkness compelled our men to give up the pursuit. I have 162 men in that vicinity, and hope to bag some more of the wretches.

I am, &c.,


Colonel Seventh Missouri Volunteers Cavalry, Commanding Sub-District.


Assistant Adjutant-General.

JULY 23-25, 1862.- Expedition from Helena, Ark., to Coldwater, and skirmish at White Oak Bayou, Miss.

Report of Lieutenant Colonel Samuel N. Wood, Sixth Missouri Cavalry.


Helena, Ark., July 25, 1862.

GENERAL: In pursuance of your order, received at 8 p. m. on the 23rd instant, with 100 of my on command, including the two mountain howitzers and 90 men from Companies B and E, Eighth Indiana Infantry, under Captain [B. F.] Elwood and Lieutenants [W. G.] Hill, and [Henry] Rader, I went on board the steamboat Catahoula, and at 9 p. m. we proceeded up the Mississippi to an island opposite Austin. At break of day I landed the infantry at Austin, Miss., divided them into two detachments, sent one to the right, the other to the left, and directed them to get a position on the Senatobia road, east of Austin. Ten minutes after I followed with cavalry and the two mountain how-