Record of Events
Rienzi, Miss
Feb 28 - Apr 30, 1862

This regiment was first organized near Bentonville, Ark as a battalion on the 15th of July 1861. Dandridge McRae was elected Lt Col. The battalion marched at once to Wilson's Creek, MO and took an active and prominent part in the Battle of Oak Hills, then marched to Camp Jackson, Ark and stationed there about the 1st of Sept 1861 and continued there drilling until about the middle of Oct 1861, was ordered to MO, went to Carthage and by a circuitous route came back to Ark about the 1st of Nov. Continued to drill until the latter part of the month. Went into winter quarters at Cross Hollows, Benton Co, AR. Remained there until about the 20th of Feb 1862.. Was ordered to Sugar Creek, MO, there formed a junction with Genl Price's Division.

Started immediately in retreat & after various skirmishes arrived at Boston Mountains, Ark. REmained there about two weeks and on the 3rd of March started to attack the Federal Forces at Elk Horn, Ark. Participated in that bloody fight, sustained heavy loss, returned to Ark by way of Fayetteville, Van Buren Etc. Left there on the 24th of March, moved via DesArc, Ark to Memphis, Tenn from there to Corinth, Miss & on to Rienzi Station. It is impossible to give distances or exact dates as the records of the regiment have been destroyed by the enemy. Organized as a regiment Dec 3, 1862.

NOTE: The above remarks are from the record of events section for the period noted above and are rather typical of the type of information that was sometimes included with  the muster rolls.

NOTE: Throughout this regiment it is noted that many soldiers were "Dropped as being left west of the Mississippi River". The reason for this is that by mid 1862 the Union Forces were in control of the Mississippi River above Vicksburg, MS and there was no hope of those men rejoining their regiment.
It should also be noted that most of those "left west of the Mississippi River" were those recovering from wounds received at the Battle at Elk Horn, AR in March 1862.

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