After our conversation and you informing me that Martin's Creek was called Red Bank, I discovered a photo on line of the 1st Nebraska Cavalry flag, and Red Bank is on the flag as a Battle Honor.
I also saw a photo of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry Flag showing Salem, Arkansas on their battle honors.
I can relate to that. I have my own personal version of battle honors, that I would list on the colors or on a streamer. I am thinking the History of the US Military in Iraq will only include places of the large battles, and the smaller engagements will not really be noticed. my Company had what we consider three major engagements in the Baghdad area, but because large numbers of units were not involved, (even though two were Battalion size operations) I am sure they will be overlooked. To us that fought there, on both sides, it was a full scale battle. When you have every weapons system at our disposal, including mortars, and artillery an air support, and we were opposed by a large number of insurgents for the area, they are still not major battles. I was not there for the glory or recognition, or to be in history books, but since we were there, would be nice to have a little recognition of the engagements. We had enemy contact of some kind nearly every time we were out of the wire. My company, had the highest Casualty rate in the battalion, that occurred in two separate occasions, IED Ambush that destroyed the trucks. when toe to toe with the bad guys, we had the upper hand. They did not like to be toe to toe, so we had ambushes, RPGS, and IEDS, mortars and rockets, and the very troublesome sniper. I am sure the soldiers had there own similar versions of this. I am hoping someone, more qualified than me would do the honors of Researching this Battle.
I have observed that so many of these skirmishes of this type appear to have been all over Arkansas. Jacksonport, Salem, Augusta Smithville, Pittman's Ferry, Whitney's Lane, Martin's Creek, Jonesboro, on the Cadron, Conway County, to name a few off hand all had much of the same ferocity of combat, as ascribed to Wilson's Creek/Oak Hills "A Mighty Mean Fawt (fought) fight."
I think Martin's Creek, definitely fits that Category.