Loyalty on the Frontier, or Sketches of Union Men of the South-West
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At Pea Ridge, our conveniences were limited. The only bouse at the Post was the old Elkhorn Tavern - two apartments and a "lean to" that served as a kitchen. Into this last we retreated, whenever we could, even for half an hour at a time, and taking position at one end of a tabic, while our contraband cook kneaded away at the other, endeavored to bring our thoughts into line. Our sanctum let in the light from above very freely, so much so that in rainy weather we were compelled to suspend operations altogether. At such a time, we would go into the camps or send for particular men, gathering thus the experiences that we have attempted to relate.
Ordered to Prairie Grove a few days after the battle, we endeavored to prosecute our plan there, and to some extent succeeded. Coining finally to Fayetteville, we took up our quarters at a private house. Having access now to a choice library, to which we are indebted for an occasional quotation, and to "Webster's Unabridged," to settle our orthography, we continued the sketches.
The President's proclamation of January 1, 1863, declared Arkansas in rebellion.