This report is a general summary of the operations of General Steele's command, commencing with the organizations of the expeditionary force at Helena, and ending with the capture of Little Rock. As soon as General Steele's more detailed report shall be received, I will forward it, with such recommendations as individual merit and services shall seen to have justified.
General Steel's operations have been conducted with marked skill and good judgment, and the importance of his success can hardly be overestimated.
My troops at Fort Smith have already opened communication with Little Rock. All Arkansas and the Indian country west of it are virtually in our possession. Our troops are cordially welcomed by a large proportion of the Arkansas people.
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. M. SCHOFIELD,
Colonel E. D. TOWNSEND,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Washington, D. C.
Numbers 2. Roster of the "Arkansas Expedition," August 31.
3rd Illinois Cavalry, Company D, Lieutenant James K. McLean.
Kane County (Illinois) Cavalry, Lieutenant Eben C. Litherland.
FIRST (CAVALRY) DIVISION.
Brigadier General JOHN W. DAVIDSON.
Colonel WASHINGTON F. GEIGER.*
2nd Missouri, Major Garrison Harker.
7th Missouri, Lieutenant Colonel John L. Chandler.
8th Missouri, Major William J. Teed.
Colonel JOHN M. GLOVER.
10th Illinois, Colonel Dudley Wickersham.
1st Iowa, Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Anderson.
3rd Missouri, Major Albert D. Glover.
Colonel JOHN F. RITTER.
13th Illinois, Major Lothar Lippert.
3rd Iowa, Major John W. Noble.
32nd Iowa Infantry, Major Edward H. Mix.
1st Missouri, Colonel John F. Ritter.
Captain JULIUS L. HADLEY.
2nd Missouri Light Artillery, Battery K, Lieutenant T. S. Clarkson.
2nd Missouri Light Artillery, Battery M, Captain Gustave Stange.
25th Ohio Battery, Captain Julius L. Hadley.
* Succeeded by Colonel Lewis Merrill.