Of interesting is the fact that Col. Deshler submitted his 7 page after action report while in captivity at Champ Chase. Suprisinly, the Yanks would have allowed him, his regimental commanders and Adjutants to retain their records!
Number 41. Report of Colonel James Deshler, C. S. Army, commanding Brigade.
UNITED STATES MILITARY PRISON, Camp Chase, Ohio, March 25, 1863.
CAPTAIN: In compliance with instructions from the general commanding division I have the honor to furnish the following report of the part that my brigade took in the action with the enemy, under General McClernand, at Arkansas Pst on the 9th, 10th, and 11th of January:….
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Colonel, Commanding Second Brigade, Churchill's Division.
Captain B. S. JOHNSON,
War of the Rebellion: Serial 024 Pp. 0790-96 Chapter XXIX. ARKANSAS POST