As we all know, opposing forces gathered intel but it wasn't always correct. The 43rd may have thought it was a newly recruited regiment but that may have not been the case. At any rate here is what I emailed Bill Gurley:
"Anyway, I feel that 5 flags were taken at Helena, two up on battery D (Bell's and Hawthorne's) that went to Iowa. Another from Hawthorne taken by 33rd MO( at Bttry D), and two taken in town from the 7th and 10th Mo by members of 35th Mo and possibly 33rd Iowa companies."
In the OR's it is hard to tell where the remainder of the 43rd was stationed. They were under command of COL McClean, who commanded thier brigade and he is mentioned as rendering excellent service on the left flank and left of center about Batteries D and C. Perhaps the remainder were in town and held in reserve. They had very light casualties. I wish I was home where I could delve into my files but unfortunately am here at the armory, passing time. I will probably not be able to jump in too much, as we are getting into the thick of getting ready for the deployment. Looks like OCT will be when everything gets real busy with mobilization right after first of the year. I hope I don't miss out on too much while gone, especially with these Helena flags. Gosh how I would like for something to pop upto ID these flags!