ROLLA, MO., March 29. Reliable persons just from our army in the southwest, say that the rebels numbering some 35,000 under Van Dorn and Price, have retreated entirely across the Boston Mountains, and are now at Van Buren and Fort Smith receiving supplies from Memphis and little Rock, via the Arkansas river, which is high.
The Texas troops are much disheartened at the death of McCulloch, and the Arkansas troops feel the loss of McIntosh very severely. The rebels are badly off for clothing and shoes.
Pike’s Indians have mostly returned to the Indian nation. They were not formidable in battle, being panic stricken at the effect of our artillery.
Price receved his Major General’s commission in the confederate service on the 16th.
One regiment of Texas troops reached Van Buren on the 15th to reinforce Van Dorn, and more were expected from Louisiana. The whole rebel reinforcements will not exceed 5,000 in the next six weeks.
They were badly frightened and retreated very rapidly, and for the first three days of their flight had nothing to eat. Their cannon and baggage train might have been easily captured.
Gen. Curtis’ army fell back to Keitsville to secure forage, Arkansas north of Fayetteville being entirely out.
Our forces are now camped at the head of Cross Timber Hollow, were water and forage are plenty. Our pickets extend into Arkansas and the rebel pickets come north to the top of Boston Mountains.
Fayetteville is unoccupied. Very little union sentiment has been developed in Arkansas.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, April 5, 1862, p. 4