The expedition originates at Ft Gibson where Phillips is in command. He has some IHG as infantry, a supply train, a section of artillery (co. L, 3rd IHG, the "artillery company"), and Willett's Battalion of the 14th Kansas Cavalry -- on loan to him. I believe this battalion was sent to him because his horses were in such bad shape he had no mounted force to scout.
The other battalion of the 14th Kansas Cavalry was supposed to come from Ft Smith via North Fork Town and join in the expedition but Phillips never heard from them. The KS Adjt General's Report gives a distorted story of the entire 14th KS Cav coming from Ft Smith to North Fork Town but this cannot be reconciled with the ORs. The movements of this other battalion are unclear.
CHAP. XLVI.] CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.--UNION. PAGE 249-62
[Series I. Vol. 34. Part II, Correspondence. Serial No. 62.]
HDQRS. U. S. FORCES,
Camp Willetts, 35 Miles S. W. North Fork, C. N.,
Feb. 5. 1864.
Acting Assistant Adjutant-Gen.:
SIR: I arrived with my command here last night after four days' hard marching. No forage until we got here. Rebels all fled on our approach. Tell Provost Waterhouse to see that the egress is closely guarded and few passes given. There have been traitors there. I have sent Maj. Willetts, with Capt. Harris, Lieut.'s Jacob's and Timpson, and detachment from battalion Fourteenth [Kansas] and First and Third [Indian], up to clean out the rebels on Little River and upper Canadian. I shall leave no secesh in the country. I have also sent Capt. Anderson with detachment of First and Third to Caney Creek to clean out a camp there and get or destroy their train. There has been no fighting, but some skirmishing; 7 rebels have been killed and as many taken prisoners. Andy Murrell, the scout, is severely but I think not dangerously wounded.
The enemy, Cooper, Watie, and some Texans, are concentrating at Boggy Depot, which I rather like, as I would rather fight them there than hunt them up.
I do not expect to get a battle short of Pike's Ditches [Fort McCulloch?], but they may move on me. I am anxiously looking for Col. Moonlight [commander of the 14th KS Cavarly], who was to have joined me, but of whom I have not yet heard. Watie marched past this place as he went back from his raid after the Barren Fork battle three weeks ago. I find also that a well-mounted force of white rebels passed in here just ahead of us, going south. They had crossed Arkansas River 60 miles above Gibson. I expect some of Quantrill's men. Col.'s McIntosh and Hawkins' commands were here, but have fled. Forward mail for the whole command here. They can follow my trail.
By order of Col. William A. Phillips:
R. T. THOMPSON,
First Lieut. and Acting Assistant Adjutant-Gen.
Are we refering to different roads when we use the term "Texas Road"? Depending on where one was located, the "Texas Road" was whatever road went to Texas. I'm refering to the so-called "Emmigrants Road" from Ft Scott KS via Baxter Springs KS, down the west side of the Grand River past Ft Gibson, Honey Springs, North Fork Town, Perryville, present Atoka, Boggy Depot, Nail's Crossing, Colbert's Ferry, to Sherman TX. US Hwy 69 and the Katy (MK&T) Railroad follow this route most of the way through Oklahoma.
I think Phillips took the Dragoon Trail from Ft Gibson that took them to Old Fort Holmes/Edwards at the mouth of Little River. You said there are two Dragoon Trails?
You and Elmer have me sold on the Middle Boggy crossing as a likely location for the battle -- which would mean the battle was near Cochran's Academy, right? I think Camp Kansas was on the battlefield per Phillips' report. Camp Kagi/Kahi was then 20 miles south on South Boggy (Clear Boggy). Twenty miles on the Arbuckle Road would put them near Frisco/Old Stonewall where RL Cochran and Gov Colbert lived, as I understand it. Where would twenty miles down the Dragoon Trail put them?