The 27th Arkansas Infantry was organized at
Yellville, Arkansas, in July 1862, composed of a handful of companies of
mounted volunteers, which were dismounted and reinforced with several companies
of conscripts. James R. Shaler, a Missourian who had previously served
in the Missouri State Guard, was appointed colonel of the new regiment.
Colonel Shaler soon proved to be unpopular with the men. Like all
true Missouri Confederates, Shaler was obsessed with liberating his State
from the Yankees. However, the 27th Arkansas was organized for the
defense of northern Arkansas, and Shaler’s efforts to turn the regiment
into a Missouri outfit resulted in dissension in the ranks. One soldier
wrote to this wife that Colonel Shaler had replaced the regiment’s Confederate
battle-flag with a Missouri flag. He said that he and his comrades
were outraged, and thought that most of the regiment would refuse to fight
under the Missouri banner. Although the 27th Arkansas was assigned
to Shaver’s Arkansas brigade, Colonel Shaler repeatedly tried to get the
regiment transferred to a Missouri brigade. Ultimately, Shaler was
booted out of the regiment when an election for new officers was held on
November 28, 1863, and Beal Gaither was elected in his place. Meanwhile,
the 27th Arkansas had been reassigned to Tappan’s Arkansas brigade, where
it served for the remainder of the war. The 27th Arkansas fought
in the Little Rock campaign, the Red River campaign, and the Camden expedition.
Among the battles in which the regiment participated were Little Rock,
Pleasant Hill, and Jenkins’ Ferry. Depleted by disease, desertions
and battle losses, the 27th Arkansas was often operationally consolidated
with the 38th Arkansas Infantry.
Co. A —Marion County.
Co. B (old) —Carroll County.
Co. B (new) —Fulton County.
Co. C (old) —Carroll County.
Co. C (new) —Izard County.
Co. D —Carroll County.
Co. E —Marion County.
Co. F —Searcy County.
Co. G —Izard County.
Co. H —Izard County.
Co. I —Izard County.
Co. K —Marion County.
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of the copied material. EDWARD G. GERDES
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