According to OR 1-8-287, Gen. Pike left Park Hill on Monday morning, March 3, 1862, and headed east toward Evansville, AR. While probably camped that night near Flint Court House (Cherokee Nation) along CSA's Postal Route 373 about midway from Tahlequah to Evansville, Pike got MG Earl Van Dorn’s March 3rd order written at Strickler Station, AR for Pike's command to meet Van Dorn's new Army of the West to be marching north at Elm Springs, AR on Wednesday, March 5. This new order changed Sterling Price’s earlier request that Pike join him at Cove Creek, east of Evansville. Thus, on Tuesday, March 4, Gen. Pike veers northeast from the planned Evansville mail route and goes directly to Cincinnati, also on the Cherokee/Arkansas line, by nightfall. Here, Gen. Pike overtakes Col. Stand Watie's regiment of Cherokees. The next day, Wednesday, March 5, Pike reaches Freschlag's Mill (an unknown location). The next day, Thursday, March 6, Col. Drew's regiment of Cherokees join Pike's march at Smith's Mill, and by late Thursday afternoon Pike catches up with Gen. McCulloch's division, shortly after the Bentonville skirmish with Sigel. That night Pike encamped within 2 miles of Camp Stevens (Van Dorn’s HQ) on Little Sugar Creek just northeast of Bentonville. By 8 p.m., Pikes gets his new orders to prepare his Indian Brigade for a mid-night march to Pea Ridge as a part of Van Dorn’s Confederate army.