12th Infantry Regiment [also called 8th Regiment] was organized and mustered in Confederate
service at Waco, Texas, during the spring of 1862. Its members were recruited in the towns and
cities of Clarksville, Cameron, Hempstead, Nacogdoches, Fairfield, and Waco, and the counties of
Comanche, Milam, and Grimes. The regiment was assigned to O. Young's and Waul's Brigade,
Trans-Mississippi Department, and saw action in Louisiana and Arkansas. After fighting at Jenkins' Ferry, it moved to
Hempstead and disbanded in the spring of 1865. The field officers were Colonel Overton Young;
Lieutenant Colonels William Clark, B.A. Philpott, and James W. Raine; and Major Erastus Smith.