Sebastian County Cavalry

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The Sebastian County Cavalry began organizing in April, 1861, and by May 7, 1861, had completed its organization and was mustered into State service at Fort Smith.  Thomas Lewis was elected captain.  The Sebastian troop then rode north to Camp Walker, Arkansas, where, on May 29, 1861, Colonel DeRosey Carrollís regiment was being organized.  According to the regimental numbering plan of the State Military Board, this regiment was officially designated as the Third Regiment (Cavalry), Arkansas State Troops.  However, Brigadier-General Nathaniel Bartlett Pearce, commanding State troops in northwest Arkansas, generally did things his own way, and assigned his regiments sequential numbers based upon their date of enlistment.  Thus, Carrollís regiment is referred to in most contemporary records as the First Regiment (Cavalry), Arkansas State Troops.  The Sebastian County Cavalry was assigned as Company B.

Carrollís regiment marched north into Missouri with the Confederate and Arkansas State troops, screening the armyís movements and scouting for the enemy.  The regiment was heavily engaged at the Battle of Wilsonís Creek, near Springfield, Missouri, August 10, 1861.  Its casualties were 7 killed, 16 wounded and 9 missing in action.  The Sebastian County Cavalryís loss was 4 killed, 1 wounded and 1 missing.

After the Battle of Wilsonís Creek, their three-month State enlistments having expired, all of the Arkansas State troops were mustered out of service.  The soldiers returned to their homes, where most of them soon enlisted in regular Confederate regiments.

The following roster is taken from the one known surviving muster roll of the Sebastian County Cavalry, dated July 4, 1861, at Camp Walker:

Adams, H W Private; age 24; present.

Adkins, W Private; age 22; present.

Aikins, F R Private; age 22; deserted, June 20, 1861.

Ake, Napoleon R Private; age 24; present.

Allen, William Private; age 32; present.

Atkinson, M Private; age 18; present.

Baxter, James M Third Corporal; age 22; promoted first corporal, July 4, 1861; present.

Bean, M P Private; age 18; present.

Bell, J R Private; age 20; present.

Benge, John H Private; age 22; present.  [Note: killed at Wilsonís Creek.]

Boles, G Private; age 21; deserted, July 1, 1861.

Branch, G C Fourth Corporal; age 28; promoted second corporal, July 4, 1861; present.

Cage, A Private; age 27; appointed fourth corporal, July 4, 1861; present.

Calhoun, Simeon HowardóThird Lieutenant; age 27; present.

Calhoun, W B Private; age 35; present.

Campbell, J A Private; age 20; present.

Cannon, J H Private; age 32; present.

Carson, Frank Private; age 23; present.

Chadwick, Henry Clay Private; age 23; transferred, July 13, 1861.

Clay, Wesley A Private; age 27; present.  [Note: killed at Wilsonís Creek.]

Cooper, J W Private; age 19; present.

Cordery, A L Private; age 18; deserted, July 1, 1861.

Cox, J Private; age 27; present.

Crouch, J H Second Corporal; age 23; reduced to ranks, July 4, 1861; present.

Crow, W S [or W J] Private; age 21; present.

Daniels, W C Private; age 33; present.

Davis, M T Private; age 24; absent on sick leave.

Degen, Harmon Private; age 19; present.

Degen, John Private; age 22; appointed regimental adjutant, July 11, 1861.

Drinkard, C B First Sergeant; age 36; present.

Dunn, J Private; age 30; present.

Ege, A G Private; age 23; present.

Euper, Paul Private; age 20; present.

Faulkner, D Private; age 20; present.

Flatz, Frederick Private; age 36; present, detailed as bugler.

Francis, Joel First Corporal; age 42; reduced to ranks, July 4, 1861; present.

Frink, F H Private; age 25; present.

Gallagher, J Private; age 18; present.

Gardner, Benjamin F Private; age 25; present.  [Note: killed at Wilsonís Creek.]

Gibson, R S Private; age 18; present.

Green, Thomas J Private; age 31; deserted, June 20, 1861.

Griffin, J P Private; age 23; present.

Griffith, G F Private; age 26; present.

Gunter, S H Private; age 20; present.

Harris, B Private; age 22; present.

Harris, W Private; age 20; present.

Hearn, John B Private; age 20; present.  [Note: wounded at Wilsonís Creek.]

Hill, J C Private; age 22; present.

Hurley, J T Private; age 24; present.

Jackson, R A Private; age 18; present.

James, R C Third Sergeant; age 31; present.  [Note: killed at Wilsonís Creek.]

Johnston, James A First Lieutenant; age 24; present.

Jossenberger,  Lorenzo  Private; age 27; present.

Jones, J R Private; age 24; present.

Kellogg, A S Private; age 30; present.

Lewis, Francis M Private; age 20; present.

Lewis, R R Second Sergeant; age 24; present.

Lewis, Thomas Captain; present.

Lillard, W Private; age 21; present.

McDonnell, J B Private; age 35; present.

Mann, Alexander T F Private; age 24; appointed regimental sergeant-major, July 11, 1861.

Martin, P Private; age 27; present.

Mitchell, A Private; age 23; present.

Newman, W F Private; age 22; appointed third corporal, July 4, 1861; present.

Newton, Thomas R Private; age 18; present.

Nivens, J M Private; age 22; present.

Norris, J B Private; age 18; present.

Pack, W S Private; age 21; present.

Phillips, J Private; age 28; present.

Puckett, F M Private; age 35; absent on sick leave.

Quesenberry, A Private; age 21; present.

Reel, H C Fourth Sergeant; age 28; present.

Riddle, J Private; age 20; present.

Riddle, W Private; age 24; present.

Robards, G C Private; age 28; present.

Robinson, C F Private; age 22; present.

Rogers, C Private; age 23; present.

Sawyer, Earl Second Lieutenant; age 38; present.

Shultz, L S Private; age 21; present.

Smith, C M Private; age 48; present.  [Note: missing at Wilsonís Creek.]

Stephenson, W Private; age 18; present.

Strayhorn, Felix B Private; age 24; deserted, June 20, 1861.

Thomas, T C Private; age 18; present.

Thompson, John Private; age 19; present.

Walker, J E Private; age 19; present.

Walker, T C Private; age 22; present.

Ward, W S Private; age 19; present.

Webb, D Private; age 27; present.

Webber, C Private; age 31; present.

Williams, H N Private; age 25; present.

Woods, J C Private; age 27; present.

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