One hundred fifty years ago, on August 14, 1863, a Confederate report on the only naval engagement of the Little Rock Campaign:
HEADQUARTERS SHELBY’S BRIGADE,
In Camp, half mile below West Point, August 14, 1863–9 p.m.
MAJOR: When Major [M. W.] Smith got here with the scout sent out this morning, the boats had just passed up. He took position on the river just above town and awaited the return of the boats. Colonel [C. A.] Gilkey arrived in time to take position just above him, and when the boats came down opposite them they gave them a broadside fire for several minutes, but had to fall back. We then tried to head them again 4 miles below town, but only got there in time to fire into them as they passed.
We had 7 or 8 men wounded, Colonel Gilkey and Major [David] Shanks among the number. I fear Colonel Gilkey’s wound is mortal; Major Shanks slightly.
We were not able to get our battery up in either stand. If we had good horses in our battery we would have captured them easily.
G. W. THOMPSON,
Colonel, Commanding Brigade.
Major [HENRY] EWING,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Searcy, Ark.