4th Mo Co E, Prairie Grove, AR Dec 2 & 3, 2006

Editor's note - The weather was very bad this weekend, so Colonel Brad Amend called off the 1st Missouri Battalion's involvement. The 4th's Captain Daniel Keith in turned called off it's offical involvement. Privates Charles, Greg Gentry, and Jim Bearden braved the roads. Below is Charles Gentry's and Jim Bearden's after action report after a very long delay.

AAR Prairie Grove 2006

Due to the snow and ice storms, our travel was delayed and we were not able to support our brothers in arms until Sunday morning. By sunrise, we reached camp and was assigned to a unit from Texas. Time was taken to worship the Lord God and warm our hearts, though our hands and feet be cold. Food was shared, the campsite broken down, and we were on the march to engage the enemy. Greg and I, Charles Gentry, as far as we knew, were the only ones from the 4th Missouri. As the cold wind blew and the snow began to melt into our shoes, we pressed forward and fought in the battle.

Crisp loud reports of cannon fire would answer the enemy artillery while frosted breath cavalry horses would charge on the enemy flanks. We pushed them back and across the valley, but paid the price with the loss of some of our brothers in arms.

After the battle, time was taken to gather the wounded and dead and a moment of silence to honor those that gave so much.

With the enemey with drawing, orders were given to break camp and move out.

Private Charles Gentry

              

Captain,

it was a difficult journey to Prairie Grove in 2006.  The storm was in full fury and the snow and sleet was a flying.  At times consideration was given to turning back.  These thoughts passed as I knew my fellow soldiers would need all the rifles available to turn back the northern horde.  It was quite a surprise to arrive and find that only a few of the Missouri Battalion had endured the hazards of the trip and made it to Prairie Grove.  Seeing the conditions of the camp and knowing how cold it would be a more comfortable sleeping location was sought among the local townsfolk.  Quarters were found and the warm bed was much appreciated over the cold ground.  Saturday morning the few Missouri troops were folded in with the Arkansas Battalion under the command of Colonel Sanders.  Our position was strong and the federals would have to come up a steep snow covered hill to attack.  Later that day the federals attempted to do just that and were sounded defeated.  The remaining part of the day was spent gathering wood and preparing food for a warm meal.  That night the warm bed in town was again a welcome change for this soldier.  The next morning, Sunday activity was noted in the federal lines.  Somehow the federals had brought up more troops during the night.  Their numbers had increased considerable and concern went up and down the line about having enough ammo.  The federals eventually attacked and despite the snow covered hill and our valiant efforts, they pushed us back.  Had we had enough ammo we might have held, but seeing our ability to continue keeping up a steady fire our officers ordered us to withdraw.  The thought of giving ground to those yanks was not near as upsetting as the thought of losing that warm bed for more cold nights. 

Private Jim Bearden

The good.  Shooting yanks despite the cold.

 

The bad.  Trying to walk on the snow with snow covered heel plates.

               Having to wear blue on Sunday.

 

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