The following was dictated to Audrey Marks by Edward Atkinson who was a Private under General Thomas P. Dockery*. It was dictated in the year 1919, fifty-five years after the battle was fought and when Atkinson was quite an old man but it seems fairly accurate in every detail except one. The statement that the supply train was commanded by "General Forrest" is an error. It was commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel F. M. Drake.
Audrey Marks is the granddaughter of John Harvie Marks II, at whose home the battle was fought, and the niece of William David Marks who took part in the battle. She now lives with her sister Mrs. A. G. Elliott, 2418 Arch Street, Little Rock, from whom I secured a copy of the article in the year 1953.
I visited the scene of the battle in the summer of 1953. It is about ten miles southeast of Fordyce on the road to Warren and near the town of New Edinburg. It is just where the road from Kingsland unites with the Warren-Fordyce road. There are two markers to designate the site: one erected by A. B. Banks, the other by the Centennial Commission.
On the scene it is easy to visualize how the battle was fought. A local resident pointed out to me the location of Marks' Mill. It is in an old field long neglected and now well grown up in trees and underbrush.
Mrs. Civility Marks was the widow of Hastings Marks, a brother of John Harvie Marks II.