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17th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Griffith's)

17th (Rector's) Infantry Regiment was organized at Fort Smith, Arkansas, during the fall of 1861. Many of the men were raised in Sebastian, Hempstead, Yell, and Saline counties. The 17th fought at Elkhorn Tavern, lost sixteen percent of the 109 engaged at Iuka, and reported 20 casualties at Corinth. It was then placed in Beall's Brigade, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, and captured at Port Hudson on July 9, 1863. After the exchange and its reorganization as mounted infantry, the unit was attached to General W. Adams, Mabry's, and Ross' Brigade, Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana. In April, 1864, it was consolidated with the 11th Arkansas Regiment and skirmished in several actions in Louisiana and Mississippi. The unit was included in the surrender on May 4, 1865. Its field officers were Colonels John Griffith and Frank A. Rector, Lieutenant Colonel Josephus Dotson, and Majors B. P. Jeff and Walter H. Matheson.
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