force on the open prairie a very few moments after Colonel Mitchell's command was captured. He fought him two hours, holding his own. His loss was 6 killed and 35 wounded.
C. C. ANDREWS,
[AUGUST 25, 1864.--For Andrews to Washburn, relating to affairs about Devall's Bluff, &c., see Part I, p. 281.]
LITTLE ROCK, August 25, 1864--3 p. m.
Colonel ENGELMANN, Brownsville:
Send all the cavalry to pursue the enemy on the same road that he takes. As soon as the cavalry ascertain the strength of the enemy and the direction he takes instruct the commanding officers to send a message to you with the information, so that you can telegraph it here. Send frequent reports.
By order of Brigadier General E. A. Carr:
C. H. DYER,
BROWNSVILLE, ARK., August 25, 1864.
Major HUDSON, Commanding Detachment Third Michigan Cavalry:
The lieutenant-colonel commanding directs that you move to Austin and join the cavalry forces from here to that point. You will report to Lieutenant-Colonel Clark, Ninth Kansas Cavalry, commanding.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. JESSE BUCHANAN,
First Lieutenant and Adjutant Third Michigan Cavalry.
NOTE.--If our cavalry has gone when you reach Austin, follow them. By order of Colonel Moyers:
W. JESSE BUCHANAN,
Rations will be sent you at Austin.
W. J. BUCHANAN,
BROWNSVILLE, August 25, 1864--2.15 p. m.
Captain DYER, Asst. Adjt. General, District of Little Rock:
Dispatches from the general commanding, dated at 10 a. m. and 12 m., received at 2 p. m. At the same time a communication was sent, addressed to Captain Dyer, which had been left at the telegraph office at 11.30. The train from Huntersville has arrived with Fifth Ohio Battery and Fifty-seventh U. S. [Colored Troops]. The railroad is being repaired. There has been no communication with Devall's Bluff.
Colonel Forty-third Illinois, Commanding Brigade.
LITTLE ROCK, August 25, 1864--7.45 p. m.
Colonel ENGELMANN, Commanding, Brownsville:
Why did you send the cavalry to Austin? Your report from six miles east of Ashley's this morning said Shelby had gone toward