The 2nd Arkansas Infantry was organized at Helena, Arkansas, in June 1861, largely through the efforts of Thomas Carmichael Hindman, who had recently resigned from the United States Congress following the secession of Arkansas from the Union.  Initially organized with ten companies from eastern and central Arkansas, the 2nd Arkansas Infantry was briefly expanded to a 22-company organization called the “Hindman Legion” – consisting of the 2nd Regiment Arkansas Infantry, 1st
(Marmaduke’s) Battalion Arkansas Infantry, 6th (Phifer’s) Battalion Arkansas Cavalry, and the Warren Light Artillery (Swett’s Mississippi Battery).  The Legion was subsequently broken up, and the component units resumed their original organization.  As a result of losses in the Battle of Shiloh (April 6-7, 1862), Companies C and E were disbanded and
consolidated with other companies.  A new Company C was recruited as Marianna, and a new Company E was formed from members of the 11th Arkansas Infantry who had escaped capture at the fall of Island No. 10 The 2nd Arkansas Infantry was part of Cleburne’s Division in the Confederate Army of Tennessee for much of the war.  Two of the regiment’s officers, Thomas C. Hindman and Daniel C. Govan, were promoted to general.  In March 1865, the severely depleted regiment was
consolidated with the remnants of other Arkansas regiments to form the 1st Arkansas Consolidated Infantry.  The survivors of the 2nd Arkansas Infantry surrendered at Greensboro, North Carolina, on April 26, 1865. –

Edward G. Gerdes and Bryan Howerton, Researchers.

Companies of the 2nd Arkansas Infantry –

Co. A—Phillips County.
Co. B—Phillips County.
Co. C (old)—Phillips County.  (miscellaneous names)
Co. C—Phillips County.
Co. C (new)—Phillips County.   (miscellaneous names)
Co. D—Phillips County.
Co. E—Phillips County.
Co. E (old)—Phillips County. (miscellaneous names)
Co. E (new)—Transfers from 11th Arkansas Infantry. (miscellaneous names)
Co. F—Phillips County.
Co. G—Bradley County.
Co. H—Jefferson County.
Co.  I—Bradley County.
Co. K—Saline County.

Stations of the 2nd Arkansas Infantry --

June 30, 1861 – Camp near Memphis, Tennessee.
August 31, 1861 – Camp Hardee, Arkansas.
April 30, 1862 – Corinth, Mississippi.
June 30, 1862 – Tupelo, Mississippi.
August 31, 1862 -- Sequatchie Valley, Tennessee.
December 31, 1862 – Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
February 28, 1863 – Wartrace, Tennessee.
April 30, 1863 – Bell Buckle, Tennessee.
June 30, 1863 – Allisonia, Tennessee.
August 31, 1863 – Chickamauga Station, Tennessee.
October 31, 1863 – Chickamauga, Georgia.
December 31, 1863 – Tunnel Hill, Georgia.
February 29, 1864 –Dalton, Georgia.
April 30, 1864 – Dalton, Georgia.
August 31, 1864 – Jonesboro, Georgia.

Battles of the 2nd Arkansas Infantry –

Rowlett’s Station, Kentucky, December 17, 1861.
Shiloh, Tennessee, April 6-7, 1862.
Corinth Campaign, April to June 1862.
Richmond, Kentucky, August 29-30 1862.
Perryville, Kentucky, October 8, 1862.
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, December 31, 1862 to January 3, 1863.
Tullahoma Campaign, June 1863.
Liberty Gap, Tennessee, June 24-26, 1863.
Chickamauga, Georgia, September 19-20, 1863.
Siege of Chattanooga, September to November 1863.
Missionary Ridge, Tennessee, November 25, 1863.
Ringgold Gap, Georgia, November 27, 1863.
Atlanta Campaign, May to September 1864.
Dalton, Georgia, May 5-11, 1864.
Resaca, Georgia, May 14-15, 1864.
New Hope Church, Georgia, May 25 - June 4, 1864.
Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, June 27, 1864.
Peach Tree Creek, Georgia, July 20, 1864.
Atlanta, Georgia, July 22, 1864.
Jonesboro, Georgia, August 31 to September 1, 1864.
Spring Hill, Tennessee, November 29, 1864.
Franklin, Tennessee, November 30, 1864.
Nashville, Tennessee, December 15-16, 1864.
Carolinas Campaign, February to April 1865.
Bentonville, North Carolina, March 19-21, 1865.

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