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8/23/1863

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Henry Brockman journal

Brockman reports that the supply train and the sick soldiers unable for duty were ordered to move to the rear as the enemy advanced closer to Little Rock. Sent back with the sick soldiers, Brockman passed "entrenchments made for protection, and found near the river a large number of slaves at work on a new fortification commenced this day." The retreating soldiers crossed the river at Little Rock and travelled five miles southwest before striking camp. Brockman complains of the heat and dust and writes that the trains of Generals Parsons, Fagan, McRae, and Marmaduke came into camp as well. Henry Brockman journal