Arkansas Confederate Regimental History

               4th Arkansas Infantry Regiment


Organized and mustered into Confederate service under the command of
Colonel Evander McNair at Miller's Springs, Lawrence County, MO on August
17, 1861; an ... unlettered company (Captain Kelley's) was mustered in on
November 11, 1861 and which was later detached to become Company H of the
16th Arkansas Infantry on December 4, 1861. Co. A was the "Calhoun
Escopets"; Co. B the "Hempstead Hornets"; Co. C the "Caddo Rifles"; Co. D
was the "Bright Star Rifles"; Co. E the "Confederate Guards"; Co. F the
"Montgomery Hunters"; Co. G the "Pike County Blues"; Co. H, the "Polk
County Invincibles".

The 4th Arkansas was assigned to McCulloch's Brigade in northwest Arkansas
in late August, 1861. Served in the Indian Territory, September-October
1861. Reassigned to McIntosh's Brigade, McCulloch's Division of Van Dorn's
Army of the West in February, 1862. Fought at Leetown battlefield at Pea
Ridge on March 7-8, 1862. Reconsolidated at Van Buren, Arkansas, then
marched overland to Des Arc where the regiment was transported by steamboat
to Memphis in an attempt to unite the Army of the West with the Confederate
Army of Mississippi to attack Grant at Pittsburgh Landing TN, but arrived
too late for the Battle of Shiloh. Reorganized at Corinth, MS on May 8,
1862. Served in Price's Division, Army of the West in the Corinth Campaign
in May-June, 1862, then participated in battles of Richmond, and Perryville
KY in August and October of 1862, respectively. In December, 1862,
reassigned to McNair's Brigade, McCown's Division where it fought in the
battles of Stones River (Dec. 31, 1862-Jan 3, 1863), the siege of Jackson
MS in July, 1863; Chickamauga (Sep 19-20, 1863); Siege of Chattanooga
(Sep.-Nov. 1863); the Atlanta Campaign, Dug Gap, Resaca, New Hope Church,
Kennesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Ezra Church, the siege of
Atlanta, Jonesboro, and Lovejoy's Station. Consolidated with the 4th and
34th Arkansas Infantry in the summer of 1863. Reassigned to D.H. Hill's
Brigade for Hood's Tennessee Campaign where it fought at Spring Hill,
Franklin, Nashville, and Sugar Creek. Engaged in the Carolinas Campaign in
early 1865, and at the last battles of the Army of Tennessee at Avarasboro
and Bentonville on March 19-21, 1865. Survivors were apparently
consolidated along with those of the 4th Infantry Battalion, 9th, and 25th
Arkansas Infantry regiments and the 1st and 2nd Arkansas Mounted Rifles
regiments and renamed as the 1st Mounted Rifles Consolidated Regiment at
Smithfield, NC on April 9th, 1865. Surrendered two weeks later with LTG Joe
Johnston's Army of Tennessee near Durham, North Carolina.

Officers: Col. Evander McNair. Field Officers: Lt. Col. (later Col.) Henry
G. Bunn, Maj. (later Lt. Col) James H. May, Maj. Joseph B. McCulloch, Lt.
Col. Samuel Ogden

References: Washington L. Gammage, The Camp, the Bivouac, and the
Battlefield, Being a History of the Fourth Arkansas Regiment, from its
First Organization Down to the Present Date; John W. Lavender, They Never
Came Back: the Story of Company "F", Fourth Arkansas Infantry.

Arkansas Confederate Regimental History, 4th Arkansas Infantry Regiment.
Last Updated: 20 Dec 1998;

Update 03.26.01              David Kelley 2001                 CVL-0025.HTM