The Civil War Hub of ArkansasOn September 16, 1864 Captain John I. Worthington of the 1st Arkansas Cavalry (US) drafted a report to Lieutenant James Allison, Acting Adjutant of the 1st Arkansas Cavalry in Fayetteville that he completed his escort of a wagon train, including a skirmish on September 13.

Worthington began his dispatch noting that he left out of Fayetteville with ninety-nine mounted men of the 1st Arkansas Cavalry and escorted a wagon train going north on September 12.

The following day on September 13 the wagon train was left at Callahan Springs and with seventy-five men Worthington went to Brownsville, “where we attacked and disbanded a squad of Brown’s and Jefferson’s men, killing 3.” That evening, Worthington wrote that his men returned to the wagon train where they encamped for the evening.

Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas

Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas

The following day on September 14, Worthington’s men left the wagon train on Sugar Creek and made their way to Rodgers Crossing on the White River. It was here that the Federals came into contact with the combined forces of Carroll, Etter, and Raly, “who were marching to attack the train near Keetsville.” Worthington then noted that they charged the Confederates dispersing them, killing five men in the process and wounding a large number of the enemy. They captured Lieutenant Rogers of Company L of the 8th Missouri Infantry Regiment. They also captured Confederate mail. From there Worthington marched on to “the Shark place on War Eagle Creek and from there to Fayetteville. “

During the scouting mission of four days they killed eight men and wounded between ten and twelve. Thirty-five guns and eleven horses were also captured during the scout.

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Military actions in this “Today in Arkansas During the Civil War” column can be traced better using the Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas. You can trace the same roads they walked in many cases in this atlas. You can find obscure references to communities mentioned in Civil War records that can be located in this atlas. Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas is the perfect companion book for this “Today in History” series.

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