I too have wondered about this. My Great-Great Grandparents Chambliss and Mary Ann Connell lived at Keatchie when the Mansfield engagement took place. In 1911, Mary Ann filed for a Confederate Widows Pension in DeSoto Parish but I don't know if it was ever granted. She indicated that Chambliss Connell served in the 31st Texas, which I understand was in the battle. Their son James Robert Connell was 13 at the time. In 1917, James Robert's daughter joined UDC and indicated on her application that her father was a courier during the battle. Could it be, both of these men being civilians as far as I know helped the military until the battle was over. Would it have been much different than civilians helping Union forces at Gettysburg during Lee's invasion? Something worth me looking further into.