CONFEDERATE ARKANSAS TROOPS
3rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry
3rd Infantry Regiment, assembled at Lynchburg, Virginia, in June, 1861, contained men from
Ashley, Drew, Desha, Hot Spring, Union, and Dallas counties. Assigned to H.R. Jackson's
command, the unit took part in Lee's Cheat Mountain Campaign, then moved to Winchester and
served under T.J. Jackson. Later it was assigned to General J. G. Walker's, J. B. Robertson's,
and J. Gregg's command and became part of the Texas Brigade. After fighting in the Seven
Days' Battles the 2nd Arkansas Battalion merged into the regiment. It went on to participate in
many conflicts of the Army of Northern Virginia from the Maryland Campaign to Cold Harbor, except when it was with
Longstreet at Suffolk, Chickamauga, and Knoxville. The 3rd
was active in the long Petersburg
siege north of the James River and later the Appomattox Campaign. In December,
1861, it totalled 756 men, and reported 15 casualties at the Greenbrier River and 182 during the
Maryland Campaign. Of the 479 engaged at Gettysburg, thirty-five percent were
disabled. The regiment surrendered with 15 officers and 130 men. The field officers were
Colonels Van H. Manning, Albert Rust, and Robert S. Taylor; Lieutenant Colonels Seth M.
Barton and William H. Tebbs; and Majors J. Hickson Capers, and John W. Reedy, Samuel W.
Smith, and W.K. Wilkins.
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