One hundred and fifty years ago in Arkansas, Confederate General J.O. Shelby reports troop strengths throughout the state. Shelby begins his dispatch noting, “It is impossible from the scarcity of forage and subsistence to concentrate my command except when on the move.” He continued with a report of brigade strengths.
According to Shelby’s communication, General Dandridge McCray [sic] is camped 8 miles east of Powhattan on the Gainesville Road; Colonel Dobbins is camped 15 miles south of Powhattan on the Jacksonport Road; Colonels Jackman and Freeman are camped on the Spring River; Colonel Kitchen is encamped at Gainesville; and Colonels Lyles and Rogan are camped on Crowley’s Ridge.
Military actions that took place one hundred and fifty years ago include a skirmish on September 14 at Roger’s Crossing on the White River and a skirmish at Prior Creek on the 15th. For a complete list of military actions that took place during the Civil War in Arkansas, go to www.arkansastoothpick.com.