The Civil War Hub of ArkansasOn September 7, 1864 Assistant Adjutant C.H. Dyer drafted a letter to the commanding cavalry officer at Austin including information that showed the Confederates having crossed the Arkansas River to re-enforce Shelby. He urged, “Keep your scouting parties well out to the northwest [and] Let them go as far as Clinton if possible.

Meanwhile Colonel A.H. Ryan wrote to Dyer later the same day that Ryan, “started four flat-boats for Little Rock and one to the Cadron.” The dispatch continued, “Wagon train just left, taking all Government stores here. Boats loaded with commissaries.”
Powell Clayton weighed in from Pine Bluff in another dispatch to Dyer telling him, “All quite here…no news from the enemy, except there are none this side of the Saline.”

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The James Ginnett Collection had a few entries for September 7, 1864:

Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas

Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas

-Private August Pletstoesser, aged 18, was born in Germany and died at Pine Bluff on this date. He served in the 3rd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Company A.

-John Worley, from St. Paul, Minnesota mustered into Company A of the 3rd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry

-Peter Erickson, aged 34 and Hans Lawson, aged 38, both mustered into Company D of the 3rd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry.

-Private William H. Wright mustered out of Company H of the 5th Kansas Cavalry.

-Private Charles H. Schenrock from Kansas City, Missouri served in Company H of the 5th Kansas. He mustered out on this date.

-George Hills, from Whitewater, Wisconsin, served in Company D of the 28th Wisconsin Infantry. He died on this d ate on Hospital Boat “Rose Hawthorn” of disease.

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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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